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    DescriptionIn 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. 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 real thing? How did he handle it when his own history as a longtime expatriate became a major political issue? Are cynics right to despair about democratic politics? Are idealists right to hope? Ignatieff blends reflection and analysis to portray today's democratic politics as ruthless, unpredictable, unforgiving, and hyper-adversarial. Rough 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 it really is, the book is also a celebration of the political life in all its wild, exuberant variety.

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    Fire and Ashes
    Success and Failure in Politics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Ignatieff
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 360 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674725997
    ISBN 10: 0674725999

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    LC classification: F1034.3.I48 A3 2013
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    22 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Review quote
    The best book about what it feels like to be a politician since Richard Ben Cramer s What It Takes."--David Brooks"New York Times" (02/13/2014)"