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Churchill and Orwell - The Fight for Freedom-logo

Churchill and Orwell - The Fight for Freedom

Thomas E. Ricks

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike. 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. In a crucial moment, they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and obfuscations, and then they acted on their beliefs. 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

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike. 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. In a crucial moment, they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and obfuscations, and then they acted on their beliefs. 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
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike. 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. In a crucial moment, they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and obfuscations, and then they acted on their beliefs. 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

Language:

English

Narrators:

James Lurie

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:01


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:50


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:41


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:48


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:09


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:29


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:54


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

02:45


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:00


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:02


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:34


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:29


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:17


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:35


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:05


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:35


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:39


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:47


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:36


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:02


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:15


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:18


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:59


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

09:20


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:52


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:08


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:43


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

09:50


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:42


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:23


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:43


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

00:30