Warlords: Borden;mackenzie King And Canada's World Wars

Paperback | October 22, 2013

byTim Cook

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Two portraits flank the doors leading into Canada’s House of Commons: those of Sir Robert Borden and William Lyon Mackenzie King. But it is the plaques that are of particular interest. Borden’s caption reads: “World War I War Leader, 1914–1918,” and King’s caption is similar: “World War II War Leader, 1939–1945.” No other dates are given. Defining Borden by his wartime leadership makes sense, since he did little of note before the war, but it does not ring true for King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister. Yet for both, world wars shaped their careers and legacies. They ushered in massive government changes: income tax, health care, and conscription; changes to society through industrialization, enfranchisement, and patriotic unpaid labour; and they raised enormous armed forces from a civilian base.

Warlords is a fast-paced narrative that humanizes the war effort through the eyes of these prime ministers. By creating this unique double portrait, the multiple-award-winning Tim Cook describes the challenges faced by two politicians in extreme circumstances and offers an invaluable perspective of war and war leaders.

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Two portraits flank the doors leading into Canada’s House of Commons: those of Sir Robert Borden and William Lyon Mackenzie King. But it is the plaques that are of particular interest. Borden’s caption reads: “World War I War Leader, 1914–1918,” and King’s caption is similar: “World War II War Leader, 1939–1945.” No other dates are giv...

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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:488 pages, 8.24 × 5.3 × 1.29 inPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143177788

ISBN - 13:9780143177784

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tim Cook does it again! Tim Cook has been nominated, once again, for The Charles Taylor Prize! This book is not just a great read about Canadian military history but is also an in-depth look at political leadership and strategic intelligence.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding read of Canadian history! Warlords is a powerful story of leadership in the two world wars. The award-winning author, Tim Cook, has researched deeply and written clearly about these momentous events in Canadian history that shock the country. This is a great read!
Date published: 2012-11-12

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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