Author(s): Travis Elborough
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, Letters To Change the Worldis a beautifully produced 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.
The collection includes George Orwell's warning on totalitarianism, Martin Luther King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Albert Camus on the reasons to fight a war, Bertrand Russell on being a conscientious objector, Emmeline Pankhurst rallying her suffragettes, Nelson Mandela's letters home to his children from prison and Obama's letter to his daughters on Inauguration.