Fight To The Finish

Fight To The Finish : Canadians in the Second World War, 1944-45

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Winner of the 2016 Ottawa Book Award
An unforgettable chronicle of Canadians fighting 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 an utterly 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, along with its companion volume, The Necessary War, broadens our understanding of the Second World War with a gripping account of Canadians who fought abroad, and the home front that was changed forever."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 43.18mm | 657.71g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143189557
  • 9780143189558
  • 1,752,887

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Praise for The Necessary War, Volume 1
A genuinely captivating work of historical reportage and analysis. . . . The Necessary War grapples with the question of how one lives knowing each day might literally be your last. The Globe and Mail
A clear-eyed look at the successes and many failures of Canada s early war effort, within the larger context of the international story and the situation of the times. Ottawa Citizen
The Necessary War is the ultimate exploration of WWII and its impact of Canadians. . . . A thorough and engaging chronicle of a war that devastated the entire world. CBC Books
I ve read well-written books that explain this war from the government and military hierarchy s persepctive, and equally crafted accounts drawing mainly from combatants and families diaries. The Necessary War excels in both areas. FFW Weekly"
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About Tim Cook

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 forAt the Sharp Endand the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction forShock 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. From the Hardcover edition."
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