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Churchill & Orwell

by Ricks, Thomas E.,

Format: Book on CD 2017
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A New York Times bestseller!

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017

A dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike.

Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930's--Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War, and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time, Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century they would be considered two of the most important people in British history for having the vision and courage to campaign tirelessly, in words and in deeds, against the totalitarian threat from both the left and the right. In a crucial moment, they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and obfuscations, and then they acted on their beliefs. Together, to an extent not sufficiently appreciated, they kept the West's compass set toward freedom as its due north.

It's not easy to recall now how lonely a position both men once occupied. By the late 1930's, democracy was discredited in many circles, and authoritarian rulers were everywhere in the ascent. There were some who decried the scourge of communism, but saw in Hitler and Mussolini "men we could do business with," if not in fact saviors. And there were others who saw the Nazi and fascist threat as malign, but tended to view communism as the path to salvation. Churchill and Orwell, on the other hand, had the foresight to see clearly that the issue was human freedom--that whatever its coloration, a government that denied its people basic freedoms was a totalitarian menace and had to be resisted.

In the end, Churchill and Orwell proved their age's necessary men. The glorious climax of Churchill and Orwell is the work they both did in the decade of the 1940's to triumph over freedom's enemies. And though Churchill played the larger role in the defeat of Hitler and the Axis, Orwell's reckoning with the menace of authoritarian rule in Animal Farm and 1984 would define the stakes of the Cold War for its 50-year course, and continues to give inspiration to fighters for freedom to this day. Taken together, in Thomas E. Ricks's masterful hands, their lives are a beautiful testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it can take to stay true to it, through thick and thin.

Churchill and Orwell is a perfect gift for the holidays!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Winston Churchill and George Orwell seem like odd allies in the cause of truth-telling, but Pulitzer Prize finalist Ricks argues that these two one an extrovert politician, the other an introverted writer were twin pillars of the struggle against the totalitarian threats of fascism and communism. They had things in common. Both blurred the line between soldier and journalist, Churchill in the Boer War, Orwell in the Spanish Civil War. Both were superb writers. Both loved England, though Churchill showed his affection by spelling out to the English just how bad things were in the early days of WWII. This grim talk did not dismay the British people. Instead, it braced them, Ricks writes. Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984, was the visionary, predicting the rise of the all-seeing state and politicians who masterfully twist the truth. His literary method was to discover the facts and lay them out, Ricks writes. 1984 has sold 50 million copies, with a burst of recent sales to readers grappling with the implications of fake news. The genius of Ricks' method is to tell the story of an ongoing struggle through the lives of two extraordinary men.--Gwinn, Mary Ann Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Winston Churchill, the great WWII British prime minister, and George Orwell, celebrated author of 1984 and Animal Farm, never met. There's no evidence that Churchill ever read a word by Orwell, and the latter never held public office. But they admired each other from afar and worked for the same purpose: to save the world from totalitarianism. Ricks (The Gamble), two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, brings the two men together in a book whose model is assumed to be Plutarch's Parallel Lives, side-by-side sketches of people whose existence never overlapped. In vivid prose, Ricks entwines the biographies of two figures who fought in strikingly different ways to achieve similar goals. What is new in this portrayal is their juxtaposition between a single book's covers, though it's unclear on what grounds Ricks chooses to do so. Other politicians roused their people; other writers warned of the Nazi and Soviet menaces. However, even if Ricks isn't convincing in his pairing of the two men, he superbly illustrates that Churchill and Orwell made enduring cases for the necessity of moral and political fortitude in the face of authoritarianism. This is a bracing work for our times. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Churchill, Winston, -- 1874-1965.
Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950.
Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950. -- Animal farm.
Prime ministers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Authors, English -- 20th century -- Biography.
Fascism -- History -- 20th century.
Communism -- History -- 20th century.
World politics -- 1933-1945.
Totalitarianism in literature.
World War, 1939-1945.
Cold War.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1936-1945.
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.
Publisher New York, New York : [Westminster, Maryland] :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Other Titles Churchill & Orwell :
Contributors Lurie, James (James Harrison), narrator.
Penguin Audio (Firm), publisher.
Books on Tape, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by James Lurie.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Description 8 audio discs (10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781524776640
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