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The Resource Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks

Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks

Label
Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom
Title
Churchill and Orwell
Title remainder
the fight for freedom
Statement of responsibility
Thomas E. Ricks
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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. 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
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ricks, Thomas E
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Orwell, George
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Orwell, George
  • Prime ministers
  • Authors, English
  • Fascism
  • Communism
  • World politics
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
Label
Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
The Two Winstons -- Churchill the Adventurer -- Orwell the Policeman -- Churchill : Down and Out in the 1930s -- Orwell Becomes "Orwell" : Spain 1937 -- Churchill Becomes "Churchill" : Spring 1940 -- Fighting the Germans, Reaching Out to the Americans : 1940- 1941 -- Churchill, Orwell, and the Class War in Britain : 1941 -- Enter the Americans : 1941-1942 -- Grim Visions of the Postwar World : 1943 -- Animal Farm : 1943-1945 -- Churchill (and Britain) in Decline and Triumph : 1944-1945 -- Churchill's Revenge : The War Memoirs -- Orwell in Triumph and Decline : 1945-1950 -- Churchill's Premature Afterlife : 1950-1965 -- Orwell's Extraordinary Ascension : 1950-2016 -- Afterword: The Path of Churchill and Orwell
Control code
p225977525
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
339 pages, 16 unnumbered pagess of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781594206139
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Label
Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Contents
The Two Winstons -- Churchill the Adventurer -- Orwell the Policeman -- Churchill : Down and Out in the 1930s -- Orwell Becomes "Orwell" : Spain 1937 -- Churchill Becomes "Churchill" : Spring 1940 -- Fighting the Germans, Reaching Out to the Americans : 1940- 1941 -- Churchill, Orwell, and the Class War in Britain : 1941 -- Enter the Americans : 1941-1942 -- Grim Visions of the Postwar World : 1943 -- Animal Farm : 1943-1945 -- Churchill (and Britain) in Decline and Triumph : 1944-1945 -- Churchill's Revenge : The War Memoirs -- Orwell in Triumph and Decline : 1945-1950 -- Churchill's Premature Afterlife : 1950-1965 -- Orwell's Extraordinary Ascension : 1950-2016 -- Afterword: The Path of Churchill and Orwell
Control code
p225977525
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
339 pages, 16 unnumbered pagess of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781594206139
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits

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