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Written in History: Letters that Changed the…
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Written in History: Letters that Changed the World

by Simon Sebag-Montefiore

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WRITTEN IN HISTORY celebrates the great letters of world history, creative culture and personal life. Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selects over one hundred letters from ancient times to the twenty-first century: some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling; some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal, coarse and frankly outrageous; many are erotic, others heartbreaking. The writers vary from Elizabeth I, Rameses the Great and Leonard Cohen to Emmeline Pankhurst, Mandela, Stalin, Michelangelo, Suleiman the Magnificent and unknown people in extraordinary circumstances - from love letters to calls for liberation, declarations of war to reflections on death. In the colourful, accessible style of a master storyteller, Montefiore shows why these letters are essential reading: how they enlighten our past, enrich the way we live now - and illuminate tomorrow.… (more)
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A collection of letters written through history that the front covers trumpets as changing history, which is a long stretch for many of the letters included but some have undeniably led to empires falling and evil stalking the earth.

In most cases the background to the letters by the author are far better reading than the letter itself, although some stand out; Tito’s request to Stalin to cease sending assassins to kill him, promising that if anymore wannabe assassins are caught, Tito would send an assassin of his own, and wouldn’t need to send a second, while Mozart’s letters to his cousin are disturbingly fecal fetishist related.

The letter that will stay with you though is from a Jewish woman to her husband at Auschwitz, informing him that she has decided to accompany their son to the gas chamber so he won’t be alone in his final moments. And I do believe I am tearing up writing this. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Feb 12, 2019 |
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This is one of the love letters that changed history.
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