Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom

by Ricks, Thomas E.,

Format: Large Print 2017
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Non Fiction LP 941.084 RICKS
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A New York Times BestsellerFrom two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas E. Ricks comes a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, whose farsighted vision and inspired action preserved democracy from the threat of totalitarianism. Taken together, their lives are a testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it can take to stay true to it.
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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
Series Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction.
Subjects Churchill, Winston, -- 1874-1965.
Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950.
Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950. -- Animal farm.
Churchill, Winston, -- 1874-1965 -- Political and social views.
Orwell, George, -- 1903-1950 -- Political and social views.
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.
Large type books.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1936-1945.
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich :2017
Edition Large print edition.
Other Titles Fight for freedom :
Language English
Notes This large print edition excludes the 16 pages of illustrations and index found in the regular print edition.
Description 589 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-586).
ISBN 9781432841171
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