Fire and Ashes – Michael Ignatieff (2013)

One has to admire the man’s courage – not a lot of people dare to write about their failures. And that makes this book such a pleasure to read; his cunning account of his attempt to become leader of Canada’s liberal party and after that, premier. As we know he never made it to the highest office, but that is exactly what makes this account a great guide for anyone aspiring a career in politics. Most pressing lessons: 1) know why you want to be a politician – what is your story? (and yes, everyone says he wants to make a difference), 2) be clear on what you want to accomplish, 3) be prepared for low-hearty attacks and perversions of your message.

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