This spectacular collection of 125 letters offers a never-before-seen glimpse of the events and people of history - the brightest and the best, the most notorious, and the endearingly everyday. Described by the compiler Shaun Usher as "a museum of letters" the package design encourages dip-in-dip-out exploration. Letters are not ordered chronologically or thematically, but are artfully arranged for a discovery-rich reading experience. Each entry includes a transcript of the letter; a short contextual introduction; and, in 100 cases, a captivating facsimile of the letter itself. Packaged in a handsome hardcover and colorfully illustrated with photographs, portraits, and relevant artworks, it's visually enchanting inside and out - an instant classic and a gift of choice for moms, dads, grads, and summer hosts.80% of the letters have appeared on Shaun's massively popular blog (5 million hits a month, half from NAM). 20% are new for the book.Some examples: - A design brief from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol for an upcoming album cover (aka Sticky Fingers) - Queen Elizabeth's handwritten note to Eisenhower including her recipe for scones - Virginia Woolf's suicide note to her husband, Leonard - A letter of advice from Iggy Pop to a troubled fan - Jack the Ripper's taunt to the head of the ""Whitechapel Murders' vigilance committee - A letter from then-unknown Leonardo da Vinci seeking engineering work from the Duke of Milan - Roald Dahl's thank-you note to a young reader"