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In Their Own Words: Letters from History

Staff Reporter
17 November 2016 1 minute readShare
Cover of In Their Own Words

Drawing on over 100 miles of records held in the UK's official government archive, The National Archives at Kew, this collection of letters, postcards and telegraphs will shine a spotlight on a range of significant historical moments and occurrences, recapturing a lost world in which correspondence was king.

Product details:

Author: The National Archives
Publisher: Bloomsbury
RRP: Hardback: $40.00
E-book: $25.99

Cover of In Their Own Words


The book includes letters from: Karl Marx requesting UK citizenship; an anonymous writer purporting to be Jack the Ripper; Josef Kramer, the commandant of Bergen Belsen; Winston Churchill to President Roosevelt requesting US support against Hitler; Clement Attlee to Harry S. Truman following Hiroshima; the spies Burgess and Maclean; as well as the 'real Charlotte Gray' spy Christine Granville, among others.

Topics covered include: the Monteagle letter that warned about the gunpowder plot; letters from the Wright brothers trying to get the War Office to fund their aeronautical research; a dispatch on the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand; Christine Keeler's Russian/British love triangle that begat the Profumo affair; US disapproval of British trade with Cuba; a letter reporting on the first day of the trial of Nelson Mandela; and the anonymous letter that framed the Krays.

The book features approximately 80 letters, each with a 600-word essay and a 3,000-word introduction. There are around 140 images in the book: 80 of the letters themselves and a further 60 supplementary images.

In Their Own Words: Letters from History
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