CHURCHILL & ORWELL: The Fight for Freedom


CHURCHILL & ORWELL: The Fight for Freedom

THOMAS E. RICKS    Book Number: 88941    Product format: Hardback

Historian Simon Schama called Winston Churchill and George Orwell 'the architects of their time'. The two never met, but their parallel lives and views on how society should function, their ideas of individual freedom, the limitations of politics prove that they had extraordinarily harmonious thoughts - in different places, and whose vision and actions helped to preserve democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the right and left alike. Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid 1930s - 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 had 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 and no one would have predicted that both had the vision and courage to campaign tirelessly in both words and deeds against the totalitarian threat. They responded first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and obfuscations and fake news, and then by acting on their beliefs. By the late 1930s, democracy was discredited in many circles, and authoritarian rulers were in the ascent everywhere. Some decried the scourge of Communism but saw in Hitler and Mussolini 'men we could do business with', if not, in fact, saviours. Others saw the Nazi and fascist threat as malign, but tended to view Communism as a path to salvation. Both Churchill and Orwell on the other hand had the foresight to see clearly that the issue was human freedom. In the work they both did in the 1940s in opposition to freedom's enemies, 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 Nineteen Eighty-Four would define the stakes for the Cold War for its 50 year course and continues to give inspiration to fighters for freedom to this day. A marvellous dual biography which deliberately ignores crucial differences they may have had and focusses on the uncomfortable truths. 340pp, 16 pages of photos. Remainder mark.
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