The Madman And The Butcher: The Sensational Wars Of Sam Hughes And General Arthur Currie by Tim CookThe Madman And The Butcher: The Sensational Wars Of Sam Hughes And General Arthur Currie by Tim Cook

The Madman And The Butcher: The Sensational Wars Of Sam Hughes And General Arthur Currie

byTim Cook

Paperback | October 4, 2011

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Based on newly uncovered sources, The Madman and the Butcher is a powerful double biography of Sam Hughes and Arthur Currie and the story of one of the most shocking and highly publicized libel trials in Canadian history.

Sir Arthur Currie achieved international fame as Canadian Corps commander during the Great War. He was recognized as a brilliant general, morally brave, and with a keen eye for solving the challenges of trench warfare. But wars were not won without lives lost. Who was to blame for Canada's 60,000 dead?

Sir Sam Hughes, Canada's war minister during the first two and a half years of the conflict, was erratic, outspoken, and regarded by many as insane. Yet he was an expert on the war. He attacked Currie's reputation in the war's aftermath, accusing him of being a butcher, a callous murderer of his own men.

Set against the backdrop of Canadians fighting in the Great War, this engaging narrative explores questions of Canada's role in the war, the need to place blame for the terrible blood loss, the nation's discomfort with heroes, and the very public war of reputations that raged on after the guns fell silent.

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 fo...
Title:The Madman And The Butcher: The Sensational Wars Of Sam Hughes And General Arthur CurrieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8.3 × 5.35 × 1.25 inPublished:October 4, 2011Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:014317357X

ISBN - 13:9780143173571

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book This book is an excellent read. Sam Hughes is both famous and infamous in Canadian history, and Arthur Currie is synonymously tied to the success of the Canadian Corps in the First World War. The story of the battle between these titans in Canadian military history is fascinating and riveting. Tim Cook brings these historical figures alive and makes you feel and empathize with them in their plight and fight. A good read.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tim Cook is Canada's best historian This is now my fifth book written by this author, and that alone should tell you he is a great writer. Cook has the ability to make history a very readable narrative, and uses quotations from key figures to tell their own story. This book like his one on Vimy Ridge displays that he is an astute writer of the politics surrounding the war. This is a story I had never heard in history class, but the battle for reputations is on equal footing as the battle of The Great WAR.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it Really great history of the rival and law suit between these two men. Shows the politics that goes on between the egos of generals and the desire to protect careers and reputati
Date published: 2017-04-15