On the material of biographies of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, the author shows that these two dissimilar people more than their other contemporaries influenced the ideological structure of post-war Western society. Their weapon was the word, and their books and speeches today have a huge impact on millions of people.
Focusing on the most fruitful stretch of their lives – 1930s – 1940s, Thomas Ricks not only paints accurate psychological portraits of his heroes, but also recreates the life of the British Empire of that period in all its splendor and poverty – with colonial aspirations and class contradictions, fatal a policy of appeasement and fascination with fascism on the part of the ruling elite. Reflected in this audiobook and Orwell’s participation in the Spanish Civil War, and the decisive role of Churchill during the Second World War. At the same time, Ricks does not paint ceremonial portraits of great people, but fearlessly shows his heroes in moments of moral and intellectual takeoff and emotional and physical decline, manifestations of incredible spiritual strength and frank human weakness.