Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom (Hardback)Thomas E. Ricks (author)
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In Churchill & Orwell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas E. Ricks masterfully argues that these extraordinary men are as important today as they ever were. Churchill and Orwell stood in political opposition to each other, but were both committed to the preservation of freedom.
However, in the late 1930s they occupied a lonely position: democracy was much discredited, and authoritarian rulers, fascist and communist, were everywhere in the ascent. Unlike others, they had the wisdom to see that the most salient issue was human liberty - and that any government that denies its people basic rights is a totalitarian menace to be resisted.
Churchill and Orwell proved their age's necessary men, and this book reveals how they rose from a precarious position to triumph over the enemies of freedom. Churchill may have played the larger role in Hitler's defeat, but Orwell's reckoning with the menace of authoritarian rule in 1984 and Animal Farm defined the stakes of the Cold War and continues to inspire to this day.
Their lives are an eloquent testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it takes to stay true to it, through thick and thin.
'Ricks is an excellent writer; his eye for telling detail brings to life these two remarkable and much-mythologised men… [this book] feels as much about the present as it is about the past.' - The Daily Telegraph
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 650 g
Dimensions: 242 x 160 mm
Really, very interesting'-- John LeCarre
'An inspiring story... highly readable'-- Andrew Roberts, bestselling author of Napoleon the Great and The Storm of War
'Ricks is an excellent writer; his eye for telling detail brings to life these two remarkable and much-mythologised men'-- Keith Lowe * Telegraph *
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'-- John Gray * New Statesman *
'A page turner written with great brio... highly enjoyable'* New York Times *
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