Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
Thomas E. Ricks. New York, NY: Penguin Press, 2017. 352 pp. Photos. Notes. Index. $28.
Reviewed by Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (Retired)Tom Ricks, a Pulitzer prize–winning reporter and Foreign Policy magazine contributing editor, has written a superb, creative, and meaningful book about two of the most fascinating figures of the turbulent 20th century: Sir Winston Churchill, the iconic British leader known for his courage, tenacity, and wit; and the cerebral novelist, essayist, and humanist Eric Blair, best known by his nom de plume, George Orwell. Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom resonates perfectly with our chaotic times today, nearly half a century after both of its subjects were at their most influential.