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

Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, by 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
by Thomas E. Ricks
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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. 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
  • A dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell. Ricks focuses 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
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A dual portrait of Winston Churchill and George Orwell focuses on the pivotal years from the mid-1930s through the 1940s, describing how both suffered nearly fatal injuries before their vision and campaigns inspired action to preserve democracy throughout the world
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Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2017
Biography type
collective biography
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10561823
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DLC
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Ricks, Thomas E
Dewey number
  • 941.084092/2
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
DA566.9.C5
LC item number
R542 2017b
Literary form
non fiction
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True
Series statement
Thorndike Press large print popular and narrative nonfiction
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  • Churchill, Winston
  • Orwell, George
  • Prime ministers
  • Authors, English
  • Fascism
  • Communism
  • World politics
  • Large type books
  • Biography
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
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the fight for freedom
Label
Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, by Thomas E. Ricks
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-586)
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
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
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
589 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432841171
Lccn
2017021785
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)986237457
  • (OCoLC)ocn986237457
  • 551431
Label
Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, by Thomas E. Ricks
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-586)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
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
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
Large print edition.
Extent
589 pages
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781432841171
Lccn
2017021785
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
large print
System control number
  • (OCoLC)986237457
  • (OCoLC)ocn986237457
  • 551431

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