Meet Thomas Ricks
- May 12, 2018
The author of Churchill and Orwell comes to DC on Mon., May 14th, at 6:30PM.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks, now in paperback, a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, two icons who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century Churchill and Orwell would be considered two of the most important people in British history for having the vision and courage to campaign tirelessly against totalitarian threats. By the late 1930's, democracy was discredited in many circles, and authoritarian rulers were everywhere in the ascent. There were some who saw in Hitler and Mussolini "men we could do business with," if not in fact saviors; and others who viewed 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. Together, to an extent not sufficiently appreciated, they kept the West's compass set toward freedom as its due north. 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 1940s 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 fifty-year course, and continues to give inspiration to fighters for truth and freedom to this day. Taken together, in Thomas E. Ricks' 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.
At Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC. Click here for info.