Tim Cook winner of Charles Taylor Prize

Carleton’s Tim Cook won the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917-1918, Volume II. Cook is an adjunct research professor in the history department at Carleton. The prize of $25,000 was awarded on Monday, Feb. 9, in Toronto. Shortlisted authors Elizabeth Abbott and Ana Siljak each received $2,000. Commenting on the book, the jury said: “With tremendous detail and almost unstoppable narrative momentum, this book gives a harrowing account of a pivotal moment in world history that would transform Canada’s idea of itself. By shifting focus between grand strategy and on-the-ground struggle, Tim Cook creates a kaleidoscopic story that reveals the difficult relationships that formed among politicians, commanders and ordinary soldiers in their attempts to prepare for, and execute, a series of near-impossible missions. Through these stories of horror and heroism, what shines through most brilliantly is the complex humanity of the characters.”

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