speechless: a wordless history of the world

Speechless is a cartoon book which condenses the whole of world history into a graphic and completely wordless narrative. Published in 2009 in association with New Internationalist and drawn by cartoonist Polyp, the book is a celebration of human resistance, ingenuity and bravery in the face of war, greed and environmental pillage.

speechless-advertThe unique format of Speechless has helped Friends of the Earth International groups to reach out to new audiences, including students and young people.  It is being used by schools in some countries, and also by community organizations as there is no need for translation. With its clever use of symbolism, the book is a puzzle in itself, and has proven to be a catalyst for lively debate.


Speechless is being sold by Friends of the Earth International and some of our member groups via websites and stalls.


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