Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

The Madman and the Butcher

Tim Cook
The Madman and the Butcher
Published by Allen Lane Canada

Tim Cook


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About the Book

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. Currie, Canadian Corps commander during the Great War, was recognized as a brilliant general with a keen eye for solving the challenges of trench warfare. Hughes, Canada's war minister during the early 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. Set against the backdrop of Canadians fighting in the Great War, this engaging narrative explores the very public war of reputations that raged on after the guns fell silent.

About the Author

Tim Cook is a curator at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. He is the author of No Place to Run and Clio's Warriors as well as At the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War, Volume One, which won the J. W. Dafoe Prize and the Ottawa Book Award, and Shock Troops: Canadian Fighting the Great War, Volume Two, which won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. He lives in Ottawa with his family.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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