George Orwell on War

George Orwell on War Human Voices Wake Us

An episode from 3/21/21: Tonight, I read from three newspaper articles by George Orwell on the outcry over Allied bombings of German cities during World War Two, and the aftermath of the atomic bombs being dropped on Japan. Nobody writes about war like George Orwell, and it’s refreshing to hear someone suggest that there’s no point in trying to civilize, or be more humane, when it comes war.

The best edition of Orwell’s essays is the huge Everyman’s Library edition. For the pieces I’ve read tonight, they are:

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