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The Gift of Ford

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When people talk about recalling politicians, it's usually because the politician delivered something other than what they advertised, and the voters voted for--lies, frauds and infidelities. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, however, is exactly what the voters endorsed. They elected him with full knowledge of his obstreperous history as a city councillor, his inability to play well ...more
ebook, 73 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Random House Canada
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Electric Landlady
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gripping stuff and occasionally hilarious. Instant history classic about the last 2 years in Toronto; might also be interesting if you've only been wondering what the heck's been going on around here.
Denton
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
As a non-Torontonian, I've marveled at the news reports for the last two years covering the debacle of Toronto's mayor. Whether the future holds redemption or ruin for Mayor Ford, these last two years have been strange and unique, and worth remembering. I'm glad Ivor Tossell has managed to successfully chronicle these events.

Throughout this piece, Mr. Tossell has also included observations on what the nature of a city is, and what its goals should be, and what the responsibilities are of both a
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Timothy Neesam
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
There have been a number of books written about former Toronto mayor Rob Ford in the past couple of years, and they tend to dwell on Ford's personal failings. This book looks at what happened, politically, when Toronto elected a guy who couldn't govern (and, as a councillor, had never demonstrated that he could). It looks at his early successes as Mayor, and how, in some ways, he challenged us to state what we want for city (libraries, anyone? bike lanes?). It's a good read, with some great turn ...more
Andrew
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics
In the spirit of Hazlitt Originals' essay-length publications, a short review of The Gift of Ford:
This is a smart, short recap of Rob Ford's mayoralty to date, which examines the political history and geopolitics of Toronto that put him into office, and where the same factors might take him and the city.

I'm on Twitter: @Dr_A_Taubman
Russ Skinner
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: toronto-politics
I've enjoyed Ivor Tossell's reportage in The Globe and Mail, and this political biography of the "uncompetent" (the definition is worth the purchase price alone) Ford brothers is a quick, but worthwhile, read.
Victoria Shepherd
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Embarrassingly for the city of Toronto, this books sets out, with stark accuracy, the debaucle that is Rob Ford's political career. An absolutely hilarious fictional character, this publuc disgrace brings shame on the city that elected him. A must read/cautionary tale for all Toronto voters.
Lise
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like the definition of "uncompetence" in this book! But more to the point , it makes me feel a little less tragic about Toronto. There is hope?
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