Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom
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New York : Penguin Press, 2017.
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9781594206139, 1594206139
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Oak Brook Public Library - Nonfiction
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339 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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English
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40027171908

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-326) and index.
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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. 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 1940's, both worked to triumph over freedom's enemies. 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, their lives are a testament to the power of moral conviction, and to the courage it can take to stay true to it, through thick and thin.
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Ricks, T. E. (2017). Churchill and Orwell: the fight for freedom. New York: Penguin Press.

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Ricks, Thomas E.. 2017. Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. New York: Penguin Press.

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Ricks, Thomas E., Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom. New York: Penguin Press, 2017.

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