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Book review: Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics by Michael Ignatieff

Michael Ignatieff has not learned much from his spectacular political failure

By Stefan Collini   December 2013


In late 2005, Michael Ignatieff was a 58-year-old professor at Harvard. His career up to that point had been spent in academia and journalism, largely in Britain and the United States. Though Canadian by birth, he had spent all but two of his adult years living abroad and he had no first-hand experience of politics at any level. And yet, within little more than a year he had become, extraordinarily, a member of the Canadian parliament and deputy leader of the Liberal Party. Some two years later, he became…

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