2: Fight to the Finish: Canadians in the Second World War, 1944-1945

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Winner of the 2016 Ottawa Book Award

The magisterial second volume of Tim Cook's definitive account of Canadians fighting in the Second World War.

     Historian Tim Cook displays his trademark storytelling ability in the second volume of his masterful account of Canadians in World War II. Cook combines an extraordinary grasp of military strategy with a deep empathy for the soldiers on the ground, at sea and in the air. Whether it's a minute-by-minute account of a gruelling artillery battle, vicious infighting among generals, the scene inside a medical unit, or the small details of a soldier's daily life, Cook creates a compelling narrative. He recounts in mesmerizing detail how the Canadian forces figured in the Allied bombing of Germany, the D-Day landing at Juno beach, the taking of Caen, and the drive south.
Featuring dozens of black-and-white photographs and moving excerpts from letters and diaries of servicemen, Fight to the Finish is a memorable account of Canadians who fought abroad and of the home front that was changed forever.

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About the Author:

Tim Cook is a military 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 for popularizing Canadian history and was recently inducted into the Order of Canada. He lives in Ottawa with his family.

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Praise for Fight to the Finish:
“Cook's skill puts the reader in with the Sherman tank crew and the poor, bloody infantry as they try to stay alive from farmhouse to the next crossroads.” —The Winnipeg Free Press

“This is a Cook trait. His work takes us to the front and it is, as a result, colourful and impactful and finally helpful.” —The Ottawa Citizen

Praise for At the Sharp End:
"Provides an intimate look at the Canadian men who fought in World War One... An engrossing, moving experience." --The London Free Press
Praise for Shock Troops

"Cook has written what will surely be the definitive history of the Canadian Army in the First World War." --Edmonton Journal

Praise for The Madman and the Butcher:
"[A] masterful book."--Maclean's

"In The Madman and the Butcher, [Cook] tells at least two stories that deserve that overused word "epic"... An emotive writer... He has a playwright's ear for knowing when to let his subjects speak for themselves."--The Globe and Mail

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