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

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

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Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom
Title
Churchill and Orwell
Title remainder
the fight for freedom
Statement of responsibility
Thomas E. Ricks
Title variation
Churchill & Orwell
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From author Thomas E. Ricks, a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, with a focus on the pivotal years from the mid-1930s through the 1940s, when their farsighted vision and inspired action in the face of the threat of fascism and communism helped preserve democracy for the world. 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'sto 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
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TEFOD
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Ricks, Thomas E
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Churchill, Winston
  • Orwell, George
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Orwell, George
  • Prime ministers
  • Authors, English
  • Fascism
  • Communism
  • World politics
  • Nonfiction
  • Biography & Autobiography
  • History
  • Politics
  • Great Britain
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Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks
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Publication
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780698164543
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(electronic bk)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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5bb40070-73b5-4635-9adb-138f3d6f0426
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Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
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ODN0002968757
Label
Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks
Link
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780698164543
Isbn Type
(electronic bk)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
5bb40070-73b5-4635-9adb-138f3d6f0426
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
ODN0002968757

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