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5.0 out of 5 stars strongly recommended for anyone interested in politics..., 9 April 2014
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The best books of political theory are written by people who have lost in politics - or never got started, despite trying - Michael Ignatieff writes as he records how he tried to cheer himself up after losing a general election in Canada as leader of the Liberal Party, and losing half his seats.

This book is his own contribution to the subject written in retirement from the fray. It succeeds in both telling a riveting story (for those of us who know almost nothing about Canadian politics, anyway) and offering interesting reflections at every stage along the way - on the role of luck (who knew how soon he'd be contesting a seat and then for leadership of his party when he first returned to Canada) on the nature of political discourse (and the importance of 'standing'), and the nature of politics (not much practised in Parliament, but very much elsewhere in the political system as everyday compromises are worked out) and the relation to the voter (in his view, they are judging who they can trust and who will be 'in it for them'). Also he explains why he lost - reading between the lines a little, it would seem that he misjudged his opportunities in 2009 making both tactical and strategic errors, and also misjudged his Conservative opponent (who behaved in ways Ignatieff would not think of behaving - and maybe that's why he lost). He also of course probably misjudged the electorate at large.

Despite it all, Ignatieff remains a believer in democratic politics - and also makes a strong case for the political life, even as practised in contemporary Canada. This may not, in fact be all that different from politics as practised in the past - I've been reading The American Civil War collection in the Library of America series, and it's clear that there were serious efforts to deny 'standing' to Abraham Lincoln's running mate very akin to the 'birther' attempts to deny 'standing' to Barack Obama. We are luck that war as a continuation of politics is not on the cards today (at least so far) as it was in 19th century USA.

Strongly recommended for anyone interested in politics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fire and Ashes is an extremely interesting and educating book which I wholeheartedly recommend., 17 Jan 2014
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Professor Ignatieff, a distinguished professor and idealist, wrote an extremely interesting and educating book which I can recommend without hesitation to any student of politics young or old.

The objective and honest description of his experiences of six years immersion into Canadian politics helps us all understand the advantages but also the disadvantages of the way modern democracy functions nowadays.

One of the many lessons to be drawn from his very interesting book is that we should all try to improve democracy by making sure that brutal aggressive advertising against persons and not policies not only should not be encouraged but if possible not even be permitted. I am very pleased that I had the opportunity to read it.

George Vassiliou
Former President of Cyprus
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