Michael Ignatieff Launches New Book ‘Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics’


michael-ignatieffMichael Ignatieff promoted his new book, “Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics” at the Toronto Reference Library’s The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon last week.

It’s a memoir about his rise and fall in politics. He recalls how he should have laughed when the “men in black” approached him in Boston to come back to Canada and run as leader of The Liberal Party.

“I hadn’t lived in the country for more than thirty years, I’d been a fellow at King’s College, Cambridge, a freelance writer in Britain and now a professor at Harvard,” he said. “The idea was preposterous. Who did I think I was?”

Indeed, he did lose the race, having not been in the country for that amount of time was a major strike against him. After failing, his friend told, “Well at least you’ll get a good book out of it.” Indeed, he did.

For me, personally, it’s really inspiring to see someone realize that failure is all a part of success.

Check out the photo set of the event below!



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