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The Two Winstons

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APPARENTLY THEY NEVER MET. BUT THE COMMON CAUSE OF GEORGE ORWELL AND WINSTON CHURCHILL RESONATES POWERFULLY TODAY, THOMAS RICKS WRITES IN THIS DUAL BIOGRAPHY.

“Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom”

By Thomas E. Ricks

339 pages. $28.

Among the many stories about Winston Churchill that may or not be true is the one of him barking grumpily at a waiter, “Take this pudding away; it has no theme!” In “Churchill and Orwell,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Thomas Ricks (who is now the Book Review’s military history columnist) clearly has a theme. Both subjects, he tells us in this page

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