Ghosts of Leaders Past

Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks (PRH/Penguin; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample) is featured in this week’s NYTInside the List” column, as the book debuts at #10 on the Hardcover Nonfiction list, driven by both the author’s reputation and media attention.

The NYT reviews, calling it “highly enjoyable” and a “page turner written with great brio.” The Los Angeles Times reviews as well, writing that the book “finds the iron core of both men.”

Terry Gross interviews the author on Fresh Air, saying “The theme that unites [the two leaders] is standing up against totalitarianism, Hitler and fascism, Stalin and communism. Ricks says their writings have a lot of resonance today.”

Of that resonance, the NYT points out that “Critics have been generally shy about linking Ricks’s subject to today’s political climate.” Not so for the author. Pulitzer Prize-winning Ricks (who is now the NYT Book Review ‘s military history columnist) makes no bones about how the two men would view our current president. He details some of that in the Gross interview, but, as the NYT points out, he was far more blunt in his twopart podcast with Foreign Policy magazine.

Holds are topping 3:1 in several libraries we checked.

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