The Last Day, The Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial / Edition 1

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On 11 November 1918, the last day of the Great War, the Canadian Corps, led by Sir Arthur Currie, liberated Mons after four years of German occupation. The push to Mons in the last days and weeks of the war had cost many lives. Long after the war, Currie was blamed by many for needlessly wasting those lives. When the Port Hope Evening Guide published an editorial in 1927 repeating this charge, Currie was incensed. Against the advice of his friends, he decided to sue for libel and retained W.N. Tilley, Q.C., the leading lawyer of the day, to plead his case.

First published in 1988, The Last Day, the Last Hour reconstructs the events - military and legal - that led to the trial and the trial itself, one of the most sensational courtroom battles in Canadian history, involving many prominent legal, military and political figures of the 1920s. Now back in print with a new preface by the author, judge and legal scholar Robert J. Sharpe, The Last Day, the Last Hour remains the definitive account of a landmark legal case.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802096197
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 9/26/2009
  • Edition description: With a new preface by the author
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Sharpe is a judge on the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface to the 2009, Edition xi

Preface xiii

1 Mons 3

2 Arthur Currie, the Great War, and the Canadian Corps 16

3 Sam Hughes: War of Rumours 32

4 A Case for the Defence? 54

5 To Sue or Not to Sue? 67

6 Preparing for Trial 79

7 The Trial Begins 98

8 Another Currie 117

9 Defensive Strategies 131

10 General Currie's Reply 151

11 The Generals Take the Stand 171

12 General Currie under Fire 186

13 Verdict 211

14 Appeal 227

15 Conclusion 237

Notes 247

Index 265

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