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Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
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"Both subjects, he tells us in this page turner written with great brio, are 'people we still think about, people who are important not just to understanding their times but also to understanding our own.'... what comes across strongly in this highly enjoyable book is the fierce commitment of both Orwell and Churchill to critical thought." --The New York Times Book Review"An elegantly written celebration of two men who faced an existential crisis to their way of life with moral courage -- and demonstrated that an individual can make a difference." --San Francisco Chronicle "Readers of this book will realize, if they needed reminding, that the struggle to preserve and tell the truth is a very long game." --Los Angeles Times
"Another one is a book by Thomas Ricks about Winston Churchill and George Orwell. The two never met, but their parallel lives and their views of how society should function, notions of individual freedom, limitations of politics and so on -- extraordinarily harmonious thoughts in different places, really very impressive. I went in assuming [they'd be at odds], but quite the reverse. Really, very interesting."-- John Le Carre "Churchill & Orwell is an eminently readable, frankly inspirational and exceptionally timely tribute to the two men Simon Schama called 'the architects of their time.' It is to be hoped that their counterparts in intellectual clarity and moral courage are among us today." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "A pungent and pointed piece of history, a great gift for any history lover on your list." -- Seattle Times "Here is a formidable pairing: Winston Churchill and George Orwell, two of the most famous figures of the 20th century, compared and contrasted in a study that has fresh things to say about its subjects... Ricks tracks his subjects without falling into the usual traps. He is neither sanctimonious about Orwell, nor overly reverential when discussing Churchill." --Newsday "A feast of a book, laden with observations and insights that enable us to see these familiar figures, and through them our own time, in a fresh and illuminating light." --New Statesman "Ricks's gift for storytelling makes this book virtually impossible at times to set down." --The Christian Science Monitor "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."--Publishers Weekly "Very readable and timely."--The Missourian
"The genius of Ricks' method is to tell the story of an ongoing struggle through the lives of two extraordinary men." --Booklist (starred review) "A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)
About the Author
Thomas E. Ricks is an adviser on national security at the New America Foundation, where he participates in its "Future of War" project. He was previously a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the prizewinning blog The Best Defense. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, and the number one New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His newest book, Churchill and Orwell: The Fight For Freedom, is a New York Times bestseller.
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Too often his behaviour as Home Secretary and his attitude towards India in the interwar period is skated over or simply ignored. Yet he had little love for the English manual working class and with regards to India his speeches in Parliament show him to have been an out and out racist. One of two of his utterances would, if made today, have put him in prison. They were extremely inflammatory and derogatory.
Both were masters of the English Language. Orwell's 'Essays' ought to be compulsory reading in all secondary schools as should Churchill's masterly prose. In his book, On Truth, Orwell wrote with his piercing style and wit that 'freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four'. It says it all. He was a social commentator who far more than Churchill, the consummate politician, was passionate about freedom of speech. He loathed fake news of the kind now commonplace. His actions in the terrible Spanish Civil War are a superb example of what motivated him.
it would have been so much better if Ricks had concentrated on one of his subjects, preferably Orwell as Churchill already has been studied sufficiently. Both subjects did attack tyranny and the banning of free speech but for totally different reasons. One other caveat, Ricks is clearly on this evidence not up-to-date with recent work on Churchill.
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