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Letters To My Grandchildren

Letters To My Grandchildren [Kindle Edition]

Tony Benn
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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 (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,088 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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54 of 55 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy 25 Aug 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Letters to My Grandchildren, Tony Benn 4 July 2010
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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10 of 11 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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5.0 out of 5 stars My latest read. 27 Jan 2013
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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars He is the man! 28 Feb 2014
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Tony wish he could have lived forever
Educational.highly recommend
Published 15 days ago by Roo Redo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice for all Grandchildren
Being a Grandfather, I found this book humanely moving, How do you tell your grandchildren that your generation made a mess of things, yet give them advice about their future?. Read more
Published 24 days ago by B. Hough
5.0 out of 5 stars Tont Benn
This recording fulfilled all my expectations and I simply have no more to say except thank you so very much
Published 1 month ago by B. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Everyone should read this! A piece of humanity in action. Something to make you think. If not for yourself, for your children.
Published 2 months ago by MRS A M MITCHELL
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading for all ages
It's good to see a true socialist summarise the past 3+ decades with such clarity and to use his experiences to, hopefully, help the future generation cope with the trials and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ian robert downie
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read
The kind of book which is a joy to read and can be put down and picked up again easily. Tony Benn's style is short and punchy. My kind of book.
Published 2 months ago by michael mc muckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly a good read
Simply written, but full of ideas. Some nostalgic references (nothing wrong with that!) but the chief result of this book is to get the reader looking forward. Recommended.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. P. C. Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Letters to my grandchildren
However much one may disagree with Tony Benn's politics (he was often spectacularly wrong), one cannot help but admire his passion and integrity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. J. Newbould
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legacy in Words
I found this volume very moving. Set out by themes - the volume suggests what will be the important challenges in the years ahead, through which his grandchildren will live.
Published 2 months ago by Rev. T. J. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking.
Good book. Even if you don't always agree with his views it is interesting to see his thinking and analysis. Spot on in relation to EU. Pity we didn't listen earlier.
Published 3 months ago by Bellringer
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