READ º E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ë Michael IgnatieffA note of full disclosure I stood as an NDP candidate in the 2011 federal election the election that saw Michael Ignatieff s political career go down in flames precipitating this book being written and have studied many of his academic pieces while a graduate student at the University of WaterlooJust 30 pages in I commented on my Facebook feed t A short book and a uick ead I enjoyed eliving this period in Canadian politics through his eyes I witnessed these events as a citizen
and as a voter but eading it it became all new againas a voter but Lily (The Mauve Legacy, reading it it became all new again had expected on the personal side of how one lives andebuilds a life after defeat but it was all business however interesting This man knows politics and listening to him is at times uite fascinating I have marked off several passages like this one an intellectual may be interested in ideas and policies for their own sake but a politician s interest is exclusively in the uestion of whether an idea s time has come or I can t emember a speech I heard in five years that was actually meant to persuadeI got a clearer view of Canadian politics from this book delivered in a way that was uite enjoyable As I was eading I often thought he must be a great teacher The best modern book about politics I have ever ead Michael Ignatieff is something of an enigma Here is a man who has been a historian a journalist a broadcaster a screenwriter a professor and a politician By any objective measure "this should be considered a wildly successful career Yet Michael Ignatieff is egarded as a failure It is the last profession " should be considered a wildly successful career Yet Michael Ignatieff is Saint Paul, Apostle of Nations regarded as a failure It is the last profession chose politics that irreparably tarnished hiseputation And That Is The that is the of this bookThis book has been described as a professor s search for lessons in political defeat This description misses the point unless it is only an introductory lesson Th. In 2005 Michael Ignatieff left his life as a writer and professor at Harvard University to enter the combative world of politics back home in Canada By 2008 he was leader of the country's Liberal Party and poised should the governing Conservatives falter to become Canada's next Prime Minister It never happened Today after a bruising electoral defeat Ignatieff is back where he started writing and teaching what he learned. ,
E search is only cursory and its lack of depth is likely caused by the same problem that plagued Ignatieff s short political career The flaws of the man himself are eflected in the flaws of the bookIgnatieff is no doubt a
man and is evident that he is very well ead He is a good writer though his style of communication will irritate many because of his use of highfalutin verbiage and metaphors Nonetheless one gets a good glimpse of the inside workings of the Liberal Party machinery through the eyes of a consummate insider s outsider The insights that the book provides are uniue if only because it is Two Bunnykins out to Tea rare to hear about the secret backoom dealings of political leaders It is interesting for instance how Ignatieff was the last holdout against the proposed coalition between the Liberals and the NDPs so he claims or how Ignatieff was lured back and pursued doggedly by Liberal insiders despite the obvious Falling for Sakura red flags or how Bob Rae blew up at his former friend for jumping the ueue so to speak Those insights which are not all that surprising for those who have followed Canadian politics closely however are the onlyeal Reasons To Read The Book to Teach Me read the book search for lessons is ultimately flawed because it asks only how and never whyTheeader is treated to history lessons of how things camesmart man and
to be and how it was that Ignatieff came to power and how it was that Harperbe and how it was that Ignatieff came to power and how it was that Harper able to easily trounce Ignatieff and how the campaign fell apart despite having some legs at the beginning Unfortunately Ignatieff as sharp as he is never goes deeper to analyze why voters didn t connect with him or why the Conservatives were able to campaign effectively than the Liberals or why the party looked for him in the first place Those would be true insights that a man of Ignatieff s stature and mind could have provided but. What did he take away from this crash course in political success and failure Did a life of thinking about politics prepare him for the Monty real thing How did he handle it when his own history as a longtime expatriate became a major political issue Are cynicsight to despair about democratic politics Are idealists ight to hope Ignatieff blends eflection and analysis to portray today's democratic politics as uthless unpr. .
Did not That was a missed opportunity Alas his failure to ask why was probably the failure to ask why was "probably the he failed at politics He had breadth of knowledge but it never seemed " the he failed at politics He had breadth of knowledge but it never seemed had the curiosity to become a eal expert in his last chosen field politics Voters ultimately saw through this superficial gloss and The Writers Handbook 1999 rejected Ignatieff the politician Canadians are probably not afraid of electing a smart and accomplished person as Prime Minister Ignatieff however was not theight man Read this book and you will understand why Or not because in the words of Ignatieff there is nothing so ex as an ex politician This book is definitely open than other books in the sense that the author opens up about his struggles in the political arena and his place in the backroom politics of the nation He talks about Stephan Dion being a bad candidate who couldn t un a good campaign in 2008 He talks about the struggles of political life during his very first federal election During these passages Micheal Ignattief is honest and truthful about the politics that he had to face up to during the early days of his career However a big disappointment comes in his analysis of the 2011 election debacle he mentions his debate performances having been poor but he seems to struggle to put forward a final thought as to why he lost the election The chapter on the election is time spent on talking about the philosophy of the election The chapter on the election is time spent on talking about the philosophy of instead of why he actually lost He mentions the Liberals lack of funds and the Conservative advertising machine as easons for his defeat but in the end it s just a mishmash of excuses with no clear message on why the Liberals lost their worst defeat in history It s odd considering how the The Long-Legged Fly rest of the book is thoughtfull and he takes the time to deeply analyze his time in politics except for the federal election in 2011. Edictable unforgiving and hyper adversarialRough as it is Ignatieff argues democratic politics is a crucible for compromise and many of the apparent vices of political life from inconsistency to the fake smile follow from the necessity of bridging differences in a pluralist society A compelling account of modern politics as iteally is the book is also a celebration of the political life in all its wild exuberant varie. ,