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.
About the author
TIM COOK is the Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. He is the author of five other books, including Shock Troops, which won the prestigious Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction in 2009. He was also awarded the Ottawa Book Award and the J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End. Cook lives in Ottawa with his family.
Other titles by Tim Cook
The Fight for History
75 Years of Forgetting, Remembering, and Remaking Canada's Second World War
A Nation Shaped by War
The Secret History of Soldiers
How Canadians Survived the Great War
Filling the Ranks
Manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918
The Battle and the Legend
Fight to the Finish
Canadians in the Second World War, 1944-1945
Borden Mackenzie King And Canada's World Wars
No Place to Run
The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War
Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World Wars
At the Sharp End Volume One
Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914-1916