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What I Wish I Said: Confessions of a Columnist

de Jaime Watt

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Jaime Watt has collected forty-eight of his most eye-opening, illuminating, and provocative Toronto Star columns and with humour, candour, and wit, he's responded to each with what he wishes he'd said.

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What I Wish I Said: Confessions of a Columnist by Jaime Watt
I like that the column writer has done their job with research and given their view on various topics of conversation.
Not only Canadian politics but from all other countries around the world. Like their take on our presidential elections and what went wrong and how to learn from it so mistakes aren't made again.
Same with topics like Covid and how to get rid of it and also female equality issues.
Lots of references at the end and also a chat with a Toronto newspaper at the very end.
Enjoyed all the topics brought up and interesting to learn how they made it to Canada.
Received this review copy from the publisher and this is my honest opinion. ( )
  jbarr5 | Sep 7, 2023 |
After reading Jamie Watt's What I Wish I Said, I was surprised enough, bit in a good way, by the compilation of his essays. As a communications expert and campaign architect, Watt offers readers a unique look into both contemporary and historical events. This compilation touches on different topics, from civil liberties and human rights to insightful accounts of leaders within the Liberal and Conservative Parties. Not to mention, his take on the Trump era and the challenges posed by COVID-19, which I found some of the most interesting.

Watt's does have a keen sense of humor that is apparent when reading, and I think this adds a lighter touch along with his unapologetic commentary. His collaboration with others offers varied perspectives too.

For those intrigued by the profession of opinionated writing, and the challenges of communication in today's world, this book is a treasure trove of insights. While the book isn't flawless, it is a fascinating reflection on the times we live in and those that preceded us. I was pleasantly surprised and think I’ll give it another read. ( )
  Dollyy | Sep 7, 2023 |
Forty-eight of Watt's most controversial Star essays, a well-known communications strategist and campaign builder, have been compiled in this book. The collection, which covers six subjects including civil freedoms, human rights, leader portraits, the Liberal Party, Conservative Party, the Donald Trump administration, and the COVID-19 problem, provides a distinct opinion on current and past times. There is no denying Watt's sharp wit, comedy, and criticism in his earlier pieces. For people with an interest in the political and cultural climate of Canada, opinion writing, and communication issues in the modern world, this book, which is co-authored with Breen Wilkinson and also has contributions from André Pratte and Michael Cooke, is an intriguing read. ( )
  Grantedbooks | Aug 24, 2023 |
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