Fire and Ashes

Fire and Ashes

Success and Failure in Politics

Book - 2013
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Renowned author and former Liberal Party of Canada leader Michael Ignatieff delivers a stirring meditation on contemporary politics and the lessons he learned in defeat. Candid and utterly unexpected, this book is not just for Canadians concerned about the future of the Liberal Party, but for all citizens concerned about the future of Canada and of political discourse in today's increasingly partisan world. 

In 2011, the "Natural Governing Party of Canada" suffered its greatest defeat when Stephen Harper's Conservatives won a majority and Jack Layton's NDP superseded the Liberals to form the Official Opposition. It has spawned a time of soul-searching for the Liberal Party and its former leader, Michael Ignatieff--but while the party continues to look for answers, Ignatieff has found his in Fire and Ashes : the reasons why he went into politics in the first place. In what he says is the most difficult book he's ever written, Ignatieff (the son of a Canadian diplomat whose reputation was made long before he risked it all in politics) explores what it is to be a citizen and why, even in today's adversarial climate, the aspirations of the political life can still outweigh the costs.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2013
ISBN: 9780345813268
Branch Call Number: 971.073 IGN NVD
Characteristics: xiii, 209 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Fire & ashes

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kbo90 Mar 14, 2015

Ignatieff comes off looking like a compassionate, caring individual - which his book says is exactly what got in the way of him becoming the Prime Minister. Is it true? I'm not sure, but none the less I enjoyed this romp through Ignatieff's years in Canadian politics a great deal.

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cliffroy123
Dec 29, 2014

A must read. Even though this book follows Federal politics, it most definitely applies to local civic Vancouver politics. (NPA candidate's "standing" was attacked by Vision for : living outside of Van, for example) Attacking an opponents "standing" instead of platform was articulated with precision.

SCLOWATER May 20, 2014

Fairly interesting book. Easy read.

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bbb1771
Oct 30, 2013

Very well written, with many candid insights and admissions to his faults and personal responsibilty for his defeat. Should be mandatory reading for all politicans and political wannabes of all political parties and at all levels of Cdn government from City Hall to Parliment Hill.

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AnarchyintheLC Jan 12, 2016

While a painter's medium is paint, a politician's medium is time: he must adapt, ceaselessly, to its sudden, unexpected and brutal changes. An intellectual may be interested in ideas and policies for their own sake, but a politician's interest is exclusively in the question of whether an idea's time has come. When we call politics the art of the possible, we mean the art of knowing what is possible here and now.

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