Do the legacies of these two figures still resonate in today’s world?
- By Sharon WeinbergerSharon Weinberger is the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy. Previously, she was the national security editor at The Intercept, where she directed the publication's defense and intelligence coverage. Her most recent book, published in March 2017, is The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World (Knopf, 2017). She was a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard in 2015-2016, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2008-2009, and she is currently a non-resident global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has also been an International Reporting Project Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, an Alicia Patterson Fellow, a Carnegie Fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a Nation Institute Investigative Fellow, and a Carnegie Newhouse Legal Reporting Fellow. She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and holds an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Nature, Discover, BBC.com, Slate, Wired, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times, among other publications. She was previously a senior editor at Aviation Week and a co-founding writer and editor for Wired's national security blog, Danger Room.
On this week’s first episode of The E.R., FP’s executive editor for news Sharon Weinberger is joined by Kori Schake, David Kenner, and Tom Ricks to discuss Ricks’s new book, Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, released this week. The panel discusses Orwell’s seminal works and the ideas that informed his writing during Churchill’s political tenure. Ricks depicts the personal stories of both men – Orwell’s distinct fixation with smell and Churchill’s miserable childhood – giving listeners an inside look into their upbringings.
In this charged political era, do Orwell’s works still resonate in the West — and across the wider world? Is Churchill still a figure that begs respect? They were among the first to foresee the unraveling of the European political order. At a time when many of their contemporaries seemed to have given up hope on democracy, both men fought against the rise of totalitarianism and fascism.
Tom Ricks is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, penning numerous bestsellers including Fiasco and The Generals. He is a Foreign Policy columnist and edits the daily Best Defense blog. His newest book, Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, was released on May 23, 2017. Follow him on Twitter: @tomricks1.
Sharon Weinberger is FP’s executive editor for news. She is the author of The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World. Follow her on Twitter: @weinbergersa.
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