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It was only two years ago that the Liberals, once dubbed Canada’s Natural Governing Party, went down to their worst ever electoral defeat. There’s no nice way to put it: they were thumped. And while it wasn’t all Michael Ignatieff’s fault, he certainly took the fair share of the blame. That election marked the end of his short political career, which he launched after great success as a professor at Harvard and Cambridge, as a Booker Prize short-listed novelist and as a respected journalist and commentator. So what went wrong? Ignatieff’s new book, an analytical memoir called Fire and Ashes attempts to answer the question.