Tim Cook will talk about his new book, The Secret History of Soldiers, followed by a brief question period. In his 11th book, Cook explores how Canadian First World War soldiers coped and endured on the battlefield. Through reading soldiers’ letters, diaries, and memoirs, Cook has uncovered a culture of song, poetry, trench newspapers, superstitions, theatre shows, and other leisure activities that bound the soldiers together and helped them to survive the inhumane conditions of the Western Front. Cook’s talk will be accompanied by rare photographs and cartoons.

Dr. Tim Cook is a historian at the Canadian War Museum. He was the curator for the museum’s First World War permanent gallery. He has also curated numerous temporary, travelling and digital exhibitions, including Victory 1918, an exhibition on Canada and the Hundred Days campaign that runs until March 2019. Tim is the author of 11 books and they have won the C.P. Stacey Prize for Military History (twice), the Ottawa Book Award (twice), the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize (twice). Vimy: The Battle and the Legend (2017) was an award-winning book and a number 1 national best-seller. His latest book is The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War (2018).

In 2012, Dr. Cook was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian history and in 2013 he received the Governor General’s History Award (The Pierre Berton Award). He is a frequent commentator in the media and he is a Member of the Order of Canada.

This free event will be held on Monday, March 25th at 7:00 -8:15 pm in Lupton Hall at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. Books will be available for purchase. Parking is available onsite for $7.

The Secret History of Soldiers