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Portland Public Library hosts Tom Ricks at the Spotlight Lecture Series lecture with Maine Historical Society

Thursday, August 24 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library
Audience: Adults

“ A dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell, who preserved democracy from the threats of authoritarianism, from the left and right alike.”

Portland Public Library and Longfellow Books in collaboration with the Maine Historical Society will host Tom Ricks at the Spotlight Lecture SeriesRicks will give a lecture on his New York Times bestselling book, Churchill and Orwell: The fight for freedom.  The talk and book signing will be held on Thursday, August 24th at 6:30pm in the Rines Auditorium at Portland Public Library.

About the book
Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930’s—Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War, and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they’d died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time, Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century they would be considered two of the most important people in British history for having the vision and courage to campaign tirelessly, in words and in deeds, against the totalitarian threat from both the left and the right. In a crucial moment, they responded first by seeking the facts of the matter, seeing through the lies and obfuscations, and then they acted on their beliefs. Together, to an extent not sufficiently appreciated, they kept the West’s compass set toward freedom as its due north.

About the Author
Thomas E. Ricks is an adviser on national security at the New America Foundation, where he participates in its “Future of War” project. He was previously a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and is a contributing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, for which he writes the prizewinning blog The Best Defense. Ricks covered the U.S. military for The Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. Until the end of 1999 he had the same beat at The Wall Street Journal, where he was a reporter for seventeen years. A member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, he covered U.S. military activities in Somalia, Haiti, Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Kuwait, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He is the author of several books, including The Generals, The Gamble, and the number one New York Times bestseller Fiasco, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

About the Series
The Spotlight Series is a collaboration between Portland Public Library, Longfellow Books and the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance which brings nationally touring authors to Portland to speak about new works.  The series is sponsored by The Press Hotel and Bangor Savings Bank.





All Spotlight lectures are free to the public and a book signing will be held after each event.