07 October 2007

Tim Cook's latest on the First World War

On October 20 Viking Canada (part of Penguin Books Canada) will release Tim Cook's latest publication, what might be considered the culmination of his numerous books, articles, and presentations on Canada during the First World War over the last decade or so. At the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1914-1918 is the first volume in a planned two-volume history of the subject. As the press release for the book puts it, this is the "first comprehensive history of Canadians in the Great War in more than forty years" and "is a landmark work of military scholarship and gripping narrative. Featuring never-before-published photographs, letters, diaries, and maps, the book recounts the devastation and hard-won triumphs of the Great War through the soldiers' moving eyewitness accounts." This first volume looks at the Canadians from 2nd Ypres to St. Eloi to Mount Sorrel and the Somme keeping in focus officers and men, tactics, weaponry, all in the context of the early Canadian Corps.

I'm expecting a review copy of this book when it comes out, so I will write a review for The Cannon's Mouth.

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