Animal Farm is by George Orwell. The classic political companion to 1984. A must-read classic for all readers and students of human nature. The animals of Manor Farm take over and banish Mr. Jones. Two pigs, Snowball and Napoleon, then take control and set up a "workers' paradise" for animals. Very soon Snowball is run off and declared a traitor, and Napoleon takes sole charge, along with his cadre of vicious dogs and other supporters. As a totalitarian state develops we see the lot of the regular animals worsen, even as Napoleon and his followers prosper. "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" is every bit as prescient today as it was when Orwell wrote the book in the 1940s.
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