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Written in History: Letters that Changed the World

Written in History: Letters that Changed the World

A collection of the greatest letters in history, charting world-shaping events and revealing the unique personalities of some of history's most famous figures

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ISBN 9781474609180
Barcode 9781474609180
Published 9 October 2018 by Orion Publishing
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Montefiore, Simon Sebag
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ISBN-13 9781474609180
ISBN-10 147460918X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Orion Publishing
Imprint Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication Date 9 October 2018
International Publication Date 4 October 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Montefiore, Simon Sebag
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
World History
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 224mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 393g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Letters
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 808.86
Catalogue Code 941294

Description of this Book

WRITTEN IN HISTORY: LETTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD celebrates the letter in world history and personal life. Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selects letters that have changed the course of global events or touched a timeless emotion - whether passion, rage, humour - from ancient times to the twentieth century: some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling, some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal and coarse. From love letters to declarations of war, ranging from Elizabeth I to Stalin, Marcus Aurelius to Machiavelli, Oscar Wilde to Balzac, Rameses the Great to Gandhi, Montefiore explores the significance of each piece of correspondence and shows how letters can reveal the personalities of some of history's most fascinating figures, and in turn offer a unique perspective on the past and a relevance for today. These are letters everyone should read.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Written in History is a search through the millennia, the result an astonishing array: all human life is here encapsulated, in just a few paragraphs or even just a sentence; all are surprising, and mostly unfamiliar ... Everything here is a revelatory marvel, whether a hideous rant from the Marquis de Sade (1783), or the impassioned logic of religious tolerance from Babur to his son Hamayun (1529). Truly the spectrum of human belief and behaviour is revealed in this selection -- Marina Vaizey * The Arts Desk *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Simon Sebag Montefiore is the internationally bestselling author of a number of prize-winning books that have been published in forty-eight languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT & POTEMKIN was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR won the BBA History Book of the Year Prize; YOUNG STALIN won the Costa Biography Award, the LA Times Book Prize for Biography and the Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique; JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY won the JBC Book of the Year Prize and the Wenjin Book Prize in China; THE ROMANOVS: 1613-1918 won the Lupicaia del Terriccio Book Prize. He is the author of the Moscow Trilogy of novels: SASHENKA, RED SKY AT NOON and ONE NIGHT IN WINTER, which won the Political Fiction Book of the Year Award. He is also the author of WRITTEN IN HISTORY: LETTERS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD and the forthcoming VOICES OF HISTORY: SPEECHES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.

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