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The Canadian edition of Campaigns & Elections magazine will feature in every issue a selection of top three books about Canadian politics written by Canadians.


In this issue Kim Wright offers her top 3 selections for our readers.


The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics


By Steve Paikin Penguin Books 2001


FOR GENERATIONS MANY have viewed politics as something vile or at best tol- erated, including many of our friends and loved ones. Why then do people keep putting their names on the ballot whether they can win or not? Why do many of us dedicate weeks and months on end to planning and executing campaigns? Why would someone toil for years on legislative or community changes? Paikin searches for answers to these questions with a respect for, and a genuine inter- est in, those choosing political life. Those interviewed have provided some of the most defining moments in recent Canadian political history; however The Life looks to the motivations behind these formidable men and women.


Witness To A City: David Miller’s Toronto


By David Miller & Douglas Arrowsmith Cormorant Books 2010


THIS IS NOT the political memoir of Toronto’s Mayor David Miller with the be- hind the scenes political war stories. Instead, Witness To A City is a series of sto- ries about individuals that have had a profound impact on David Miller the man and the politician. While Miller provides an abbreviated personal history, and acts as a witness to each story, he does so only to provide a context as to why these people profiled were particularly impactful on him and the City. The book mainly focuses on their stories, their advocacy, their hopes and determination. In fact, their stories are less about big p politics but rather the interconnectivity of people. How random acts or circumstances have transformed the lives of those profiled and also changed the City of Toronto. From a political perspective, this book is a reminder that good governing should not be done in a vacuum. That the ripple effect of each decision made can be substantial for individual people’s lives and for the communities we live in for generations to come.


Kicking Ass In Canadian Politics


By Warren Kinsella Random House 2001


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Submit your Top 3 for consideration to our associate editor Bernie Morton, bmorton@campaignsandelections.com


WHETHER YOU ARE in the game, waiting to get in the game or are more comfort- able watching from the stands, Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics remains on many political must read lists. It provides valuable insight and analysis from some of the most revered political strategists from both sides of the border. While some of the technology may have changed over the past decade, the overall content remains relevant. This is in large part because of the focus on the fundamental truths about campaigning. These truths include that anything on the public record is fair game, always stay on message, stick to the truth, and finally, that campaigns do matter.


Kim Wright has been involved in political life at all three levels of government over the past twenty years. She is a Senior Associate with Sussex Strategy Group where she specializes in Municipal Affairs. She can be reached via Twitter @lobbygrl or via email kwright@sussex-strategy.com


December 2010 | Campaigns & Elections 77


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