Review: They Saw the World Clearly: Churchill, Orwell, and the Fight Against Fascism | HuffPostPlease refresh the page and retry. P olitically, they were poles apart — but each made a name for himself by voicing awkward truths. To show the benefit of confronting awkward truths, Ricks asks us to consider two of his heroes: Winston Churchill and George Orwell. Though they came from very different backgrounds, and drew their principles from different ends of the political spectrum, they shared two essential qualities: the imagination to question the received wisdom of their time, and the moral courage to stand up for the truth, even when their friends and colleagues seemed to want nothing more than to silence them. C hurchill got many things wrong, but throughout the Thirties and Forties he had a better grasp of the big picture than any of his contemporaries.
Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
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Ricks Illustrated. Penguin Press. It hardly needs to be said that Ricks has chosen two historical figures who are still in the news. And as the new president moved into the White House, among his first gestures was to restore the famous Jacob Epstein bust of Churchill to the Oval Office. Given their pervasive influence today, it is worth remembering that in the s, before either reached the heights of reputation, both men were in disgrace. Churchill was a political pariah, alienated from his own Conservative Party by his opposition to the appeasement of Hitler.
Fascism is a dish best served hot. For its fans, impatient with the inefficiency and egalitarianism of democracy, fascism has a frenetic, white-hot allure. For committed opponents of authoritarianism, fascism offers the ultimate enemy, the brutal ideology worth sacrificing anything to defeat. To both sides, fascism is an invigorating ideology. Two men who fervently belonged to the latter group are the subjects of national security expert Thomas E.