Warlords: Borden Mackenzie King And Canada's World Wars Hardcover – Sep 25 2012
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“Tim Cook, First World War specialist at the Canadian War Museum, [is] the best of the country’s new generation of military historians…" - Ottawa Magazine
“[A] richly detailed, fast-paced book by the First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum… in his analysis of Borden and King as wartime leaders, [Cook] points out their strengths and weaknesses and does so in as entertaining a way possible, considering the wartime settings.” - Ottawa Citizen
“Cook keeps the story moving, making it a great read for historians, people interested in wartime Canada, and for those who love books with strong, complex and interesting characters." - Ottawa Magazine
“Warlords… is the latest tour-de-force by Tim Cook, Canada’s foremost Great War historian.” - Charlotte Gray in The Globe and Mail
About the Author
TIM COOK is the Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. His books have won numerous awards, including the 2008 J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for Shock Troops. In 2013, he received the Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. He lives in Ottawa with his family.
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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.
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.
He has written a very factual and non judgemental account of Sir Robert Borden and William Lyon MacKenzie King's leadership styles during world conflict. Bravo to Tim Cook. A very enjoyable read.
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Very readable and insightful book. Although Cook focuses on the leaders during the wars, his observations give a real sense of the mood, life, and circumstances in Canada during... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gerald Boersma
Could have been a bit more critical of the fact that Canada's voice in WWII never matched its commitment.Published 24 months ago by D. H. Burney
Tim Cook has written a number of excellent books on the First World War. This one is good and it is informative, written in his usual clear prose yet the title is a little... Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2014 by Paul M.