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The Resource Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks, (sound recording CD)

Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks, (sound recording CD)

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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
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Contributor
Author
Narrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"From 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's to 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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Ricks, Thomas E
Dewey number
  • 941.084092/2
  • B
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not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
DA566.9.C5
LC item number
R542 2017ab
Literary text for sound recordings
other
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PerformerNote
Read by James Lurie
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Lurie, James
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  • Churchill, Winston
  • Orwell, George
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Orwell, George
  • Prime ministers
  • Authors, English
  • Great Britain
  • Fascism
  • Communism
  • World politics
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Label
Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks, (sound recording CD)
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Publication
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  • Title from container
  • Compact discs
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unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn960841310
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
8 audio discs (10 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781524776640
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other physical details
CD audio, digital
Publisher number
PRHA 6578
Special playback characteristics
unknown
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom, Thomas E. Ricks, (sound recording CD)
Publication
Note
  • Title from container
  • Compact discs
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn960841310
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
8 audio discs (10 hr.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781524776640
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other physical details
CD audio, digital
Publisher number
PRHA 6578
Special playback characteristics
unknown
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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