Tim Cook is the Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. In 2008, he won the J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and again in 2018 for Vimy. Shock Troops won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. In 2013, he received the Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. He is a member of the Order of Canada.
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The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War
There have been thousands of books on the Great War, and hundreds on Canada’s part in the conflict, but most have focused on commanders, battles, strategies, and tactics. However, few accounts have chronicled the daily lives of the combatants and how they endured the horrors of modern industrial warfare: the rain of shells, bullets, and chemical agents. The Secret History of Soldiers examines how those who managed to survive on the Western Front found camaraderie, relief, distraction, and even entertainment amid the mud and misery of the trenches.