Ignatieff’s Book Tour off to Bad Start – Misrepresents Reviews of True Patriot Love…


Michael Ignatieff is out in Saskatoon today.  He’s put aside his Liberal Leader’s hat and put on his book salesman’s hat, pitching the paperback version of True Patriot Love.

Ignatieff’s paperback version of the book claims that the National Post said True Patriot Love had “”Plenty of scope for a rich story…some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant…Well-written. – National Post”

But that’s not what the Post’s book review said at all!  What it actually said is: “True Patriot Love offers little that is new on the Grants save some wonderful anecdotes, particularly about George P. Grant.” and that “True Patriot Love is a well-written disappointment.”  (National Post, May 9, 2009)

It gets worse.  Ignatieff’s paperback book quotes the Globe and Mail’s book review saying it is “Ignatieff’s paean to nationalism…It is illuminating to see how his ideas of trans-Canadian transport and labour corridor and a national energy strategy are so clearly rooted in the historical achievement of his great-great grandfather’s journey with Fleming. – Globe & Mail”

What Ignatieff’s book forgets to mention that the Globe also said that True Patriot Love “has evolved instead into a slim and disappointing brochure intended to advertise the author’s apparently incontestable Canadian pedigree.” (Globe and Mail. April 25, 2009)

Michael Ignatieff is seriously misrepresenting what was actually said about his book.  Is he so insecure that he now has to make things up?    This is the kind of intellectual dishonesty that a first-year university student couldn’t get away with.

Who would do such a thing?  Well, for starters, it might be someone who isn’t in it for Canadians, but is just in it for himself…

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