|Let There Be Liberty (Macmillan War Pamphlets #1)
|Macmillan & Co., Ltd
|non-fiction, speech, war
Freedom, it has been said, is so much a part of the air we breathe that we hardly notice it; or as Mr. Herbert puts it "our liberties are like our teeth. We forget the very existence of our teeth until we have toothache." So in this address he reminds us of what our liberties really mean: the reality behind the well-worn phrases, Free Parliament, Free Press, Free Speech, Free Worship. He defends Parliament against its critics in the Press, and he defends the Press against its critics in Parliament: he shows how we have carried the principles of our justice across the world and tells how an African witch doctor's judgment was reviewed and upheld by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and an obscure subject in Ceylon was able to appeal successfully against the Governor's decision on the ground of promises made at Runnymede seven hundred years ago.--intro. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Herbert, A. P. (Alan Patrick)
Humorist, novelist, soldier, playwright, law reformer, member of Parliament for Oxford A. P. (Alan Patrick) Herbert was born on September 23, 1890 in Ashtead, Surrey. In 1910, he started contributing to the humour magazine Punch and attending Oxford. In 1914, he finished with a degree in jurisprudence, World War I started, and he got engaged. He fought at Gallipoli and the Western Front. On leave after being wounded, he wrote in a few weeks his novel The Secret Battle, a chronicle of the stress of life on the front line, which was published in 1919. Also in 1919, he was called to the Bar (qualified) but never practiced law. In 1924, he joined the staff of Punch and in 1926 saw his first play produced. Almost incidentally, he stood for Parliament in the general election of 1935, and won. He served for 15 years. George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair) described Herbert as a neo-Tory. Churchill liked him, but Herbert declined a post in his war cabinet, preferring to serve along the Thames he so loved and where he lived. He died on November 11, 1971 in London.
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