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Letters To My Grandchildren [Kindle Edition]

Tony Benn
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Book Description

As a diarist I have chronicled the time through which I have lived in meticulous detail: but all that is history. What matters now is the future for those who will live through it.



The past is the past but there may be lessons to be learned which could help the next generation to avoid mistakes their parents and grandparents made.



Certainly at my age I have learned an enormous amount from the study of history - not so much from the political leaders of the time but from those who struggled for justice and explained the world in a way that shows the continuity of history and has inspired me to do my work.



Normality for any individual is what the world is like on the day they are born. The normality of the young is wholly different from the normality of their grandparents.



It is the disentangling of the real questions from the day to day business of politics that may make sense for those who take up the task as they will do.



Every generation has to fight the same battles as their ancestors had to fight, again and again, for there is no final victory and no final defeat. Two flames have burned from the beginning of time - the flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope. If this book serves its purpose it will fan both flames.



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A portrait of a good man whose extraordinary enthusiasm for the world is both incredibly undiminished and endearing (The Times)

There is a passion in Benn's writing and speaking that far transcends the miserable aspirations of most contemporary politicians (Paul Foot, The Guardian)

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'There is a passion in Benn's writing and speaking that far transcends the miserable aspirations of most contemporary politicians' Paul Foot, Guardian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 265 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS3X0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Tony Benn entered the Commons in 1950 and with Ted Heath held the record for post-war service as an MP. He has held four cabinet posts and has twice contended the leadership of the Labour Party, of which he has also been chairman. His many books include eight individual volumes of diaries and the childhood memoir, Dare to Be a Daniel.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could read Tony Benn 'til the cows come home 5 Jan. 2010
By Pete in Wiltshire VINE VOICE
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As someone who has now read most of Tony Benn's material, at the outset I'm bound to say that this book is largely a re-presentation of familiar views on familiar issues. Of course, the issues themselves are still very much real, and if anything the novel way in which they are re-presented reinforces this. As for the views themselves......well, it is wonderful to see someone who is 85 playing such an active role, such a provocative role, inasmuch as he encourages us to think about good and bad, right and wrong. He himself has said that the main role of old people should be to encourage, and he does this admirably by making us engage.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Letters to My Grandchildren, Tony Benn 4 July 2010
Format:Paperback
What I expect from a true Elder Statesman. It's an overview of his life, with 20th century history succinctly explained and put in the context of his family and the contemporary politics. Above all, he urges his grandchildren to look ahead and to see what contribution they can make to society, as some are already doing. They are short letters, and with patches of humour, it's a joy and a challenge to read. There's great hope for the future too. It's a message I want for my own Grandchildren and I bought them one each !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Letters to the young of today 23 July 2014
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My mum bought this book for me because I have a reluctance to reading books that aren't comedy and I'm interested in politics. I already thought of Tony Benn as a hero for his policies as well as having the confidence to defend what he believed in, despite opposition from both other parties as well as members of his own party. In this poignant read, he talks passionately about his opinions on race, new Labour and the right to die. There is also a funny story at the end called "The Daddy Shop" as he felt that he was so busy attending meetings, he didn't spend enough time with his children when they were growing up. This book makes such pleasurable reading that I read it in a day. As an eleven-year-old, I feel that it appeals to children as well as adults. Benn writes in such a way that it makes you both interested in politics and him. By the end, even if you have only a slight admiration of him, you'll adore him.

Jamali Blair, aged 11
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy 25 Aug. 2010
Format:Paperback
The letters are relevant to all ages as well as to his grandchildren. They give intelligent reviews of modern life and encourage moral/political principles without being too revolutionary. Everybody should read this well-written book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My latest read. 27 Jan. 2013
By Mike.
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Great book by a great man and politician, talks sense which for most politicians is a rarity.
His letters make you think about what a mess we are in, but he gives you leads as to how we might redeem ourselves.
Should be required reading for all teenagers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous political analysis 10 Nov. 2012
By EdwardE
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Tony Benn writes about the attacks on democracy which are current today. In particular, the need of politicians to be accountable to the electorate not just their party. Refreshing analysis. Politicians claiming to represent their constituents please note.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He is the man! 28 Feb. 2014
Format:Paperback
At various stages in my life a question often asked was "who would you most like to meet". Friends would say Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X. For me it was always Tony Benn. Its a travesty he never became Prime Minister. I truly believe our country would not be in this state If he had been running it. If only the next prime minister would pick up this book and take his advice. Oh well, I can dream..
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Having seen Tony Benn in conversation and with the wonderful folk singer Roy Baily I am slowly reading my way through his back catalog of publications.
I am even and more convinced this man is right and even ahead of his time.
The advice to his grand children and those who read this book is sane,inspiring, encouraging and may even improve/save our society. Here Tony Benn suggests we accept all creeds, nationalities and those with different sexuality with open arms, he tells us why.
He writes of his personal faith, which is not attached to the established church. His commitment to animal welfare through anti vivisection stance is explained here. He is also a vegetarian and explains how this simple act by each person could help provide food for the poorer countries through more grain being available.
He believes the Internet has opened up the world and is a powerful political tool that can effect change for the good.
The book is a wonderful read for those interested in changing society and our world for the better, who need a boost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought it for my kids: accessible political wisdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Excellent informative little hardback book in chapters just big enough for people who are not very politically aware to understand exactly why things have happened as they have in... Read more
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Published 3 months ago by Geoffrey Rade
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A perfect gift to new parents and grandparents.
Published 5 months ago by RICHARD HARDING
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!!
Fantastic book full of wisdom and knowledge. A must read for anybody interested in politics and current affairs and or the general state of the UK.
Published 5 months ago by Teval Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Possibly the very last politician to be writing from the heart and with conviction
Published 7 months ago by Peter Goodpronk
5.0 out of 5 stars A great legacy for all young people and not so young
A great legacy for all young people and not so young. He poses questions on lots of topics and leaves the reader with thoughts to poinder about ways ahead for some of these tricky... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Linda Maria Forrest
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