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Written in History: Letters that Changed the World Hardcover – 9 Oct 2018

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If you loved Ernst Gombrich's A Little History of the World and are in the mood for another potted global history from a different angle, this collection of historically significant letters through the ages compiled by Simon Sebag Montefiore might well hit the spot ... he has distilled a few millennia of world history into 240 extremely un-boring pages ... Sebag Montefiore has an eye for the spicy, the horrifying, the passionate and the shocking ... very moving (Ysenda Maxtone Graham THE TIMES)

Entertaining and enlightening ... Some [letters] are truly revolutionary and visionary ... Others are very personal ... but all are fascinating, as are the compiler's comments on each letter, little gems of potted history in their own right (Tony Rennell DAILY MAIL History Books of the Year)

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)

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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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