Letters to Change the World


Letters that have made, and still can make, the world a better place. In an era where the liberties we often take for granted are under threat, this is a collection of inspiring letters – some private and some open – that offer reminders from history that standing up for and voicing our personal and political beliefs is a crucial right and a duty if we want to change the world. From Abraham Lincoln and Emmeline Pankhurst through to Obama and Malala, many are penned by major figures from the world stage, others by ordinary citizens caught up in the stream of history in their pursuit of what’s right. The letters, each briefly introduced to give its full historical context, cover every modern political and social cause and give a sense of the struggles of the past with the intimate first-hand access that only letters allow.

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We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed’ Martin Luther King, Jr.

In an era where our liberties are often under threat, Letters to Change the World sends reminders from history that standing up for – and voicing – our personal and political beliefs is not merely a human right but our duty, if we want to make change happen.

Featuring Emmeline Pankhurst rallying her suffragettes, George Orwell’s warning against totalitarianism, Nelson Mandela’s consoling his children from prison, Time’s Up condemning abuses of power, and much more, this collection will inspire you to stand up and speak up – now, for what really matters.

‘Remarkable, timely … At a time of political uncertainty, the collection demonstrates the importance of speaking truth to power’ Guardian

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Weight0.187 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.6 × 1.7 cm










808.86 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K


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