Canadian War Museum congratulates Dr. Tim Cook

December 11, 2008

Canadian War Museum congratulates Dr. Tim Cook


Ottawa, Ontario, October 20, 2008 — The Canadian War Museum would like to congratulate its First World War historian, Dr. Tim Cook, for winning the Ottawa Book Award for English non-fiction for his work At the Sharp End: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914–1916. The award was presented to Dr. Cook at a ceremony last Saturday.

On behalf of the Canadian War Museum and its staff, I would like to congratulate Dr. Cook for winning this award” said Mark O’Neill, the War Museum’s Director General. “Along with the recent publication by the Museum’s pre-Confederation historian, Dr. Peter MacLeod, of Northern Armageddon: The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and by Museum Research Fellow Dr. Andrew Iarocci of Shoestring Soldiers: The First Canadian Division at War, 19141915, Dr. Cook’s award demonstrates the War Museum’s continuing strength as a centre for innovative research and the dissemination of knowledge. I am proud to say that the Museum has some of the finest researchers working in the field of Canadian military history today.”

Dr. Tim Cook has been the Museum’s First World War historian since early 2002. He is responsible for the historical content of Gallery 2, For Crown and Country: the South African and First World Wars, and one of the Museum’s current temporary exhibitions, Trench Life: A Survival Guide, showing until April 2009.

Dr. Cook’s At the Sharp End was awarded the J.W. Dafoe prize in 2007. His first book, No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War (2000) won the 1999–2000 C.P. Stacey Award for the best book published in Canada on a Canadian military topic. His second book, Clio’s Warriors: Canadian Historians and the Writing of the World Wars, was published in 2006. Dr. Cook is also an Adjunct Professor of History at Ottawa’s Carleton University.

The second volume of Dr. Cook’s two-volume history detailing the role of Canada and Canadians in the First World War, Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1917–1918 was published earlier this month by Penguin Press.

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