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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: ALLEN LANE (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670065218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670065219
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 4.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Goss on Dec 12 2012
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I found Cook's book on the leadership roles of Borden and King during the two World Wars to be very insightful and informative and an easy read. The history is well developed and an entertaining read and should be of interest to all Canadians as it gives a glimpse of the stresses our leaders faced during the wars and tells the story of Canada becoming a nation in its own right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4 2013
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This dual biography of Canada's two wartime prime ministers provides a refreshing look at the lives and political careers of Sir Robert Borden and William Lyon Mackenzie King. Tim Cook is one of our country's top historians and the authority on Canada in the First World War. He is also a master of narrative history, with this book following his much-acclaimed biography of Sir Sam Hughes and Sir Arthur Currie, The Madman and the Butcher.

In Warlords, Cook reminds us of the important role played by two men in leading a young country through two traumatic global wars. Borden, Cook points out, has often been overlooked by historians and the Canadian public and, when he is remembered, vilified for his handling of the conscription crisis. Some of this criticism may be unwarranted, though, as there was no blueprint for Borden to follow.

King, argues Cook, has not been overlooked, but rather misunderstood. His scandalous private journals have been used to turn him into a kind of caricature, but Cook reminds us that he was a real man, doing the best he could to keep the country together during another battle over conscription (and learning some lessons from Borden).

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in Canadian history, either of the world wars, or political leadership. Despite the vast amounts of research Warlords contains, it is written in a very accessible, lively style. Borden and King both come alive in the pages, and even those familiar with King's diaries will likely find something to be shocked or amused by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Sullivan TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 1 2013
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This book covers all the political ground, regarding Canada in both World Wars. Sir Robert Borden was the Conservative leader in the First World War. Mackenzie King was the Liberal Prime Minister during World War II. Both men took on very different leadership roles, during the conflicts.

Borden enacted conscription and lost the political support of Quebec. Borden was committed to full Canadian support of the British Empire, and the war with Germany. King on the other hand, attempted to avoid conscription during WWII. He realized his political success, rested with the voting population of Quebec. Many of King`s political decisions throughout his career, were weighed heavily on Quebec`s potential reaction to any given policy.

Warlords will appeal to anyone with an interest in Canadian history. The issues were much different, then what we deal with today. But the political landscape, will be very familiar to most Canadians. The Liberal and Conservative parties controlled parliament. The CCF, Progressives, and Social Credit, also had political influence.

Cook has certainly spent some time researching the material. I had no idea, how many thousand of pages King wrote out in his diary. Throughout my childhood, I had listened to a lot of political stories about Mackenzie King. Most of my older relatives, considered Mackenzie King the political benchmark of Canadian politics. Yes, he had a rather strange side to his character. But he also had a very sharp political acumen. There is a reason, King was Canada`s longest serving Prime Minister. Cook explains the thinking process King went through, to help prosecute the Canadian war effort.

This book is in a smooth easy to read format. It is recommended to anyone, with an interest in Canadian politics.
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