Though Angelina Jolie is most well-known for her acting chops and old-Hollywood glamour, she’s also published two books. The first was “Notes From My Travels” in 2003. The book is filled with journal entries that Jolie composed while aiding in humanitarian relief efforts in countries like Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, and Cambodia. “Notes” was well-received by those familiar with humanitarian work, such as scientist Jane Goodall, who wrote, “I was deeply moved by her descriptions of individual refugees struggling to live with dignity and hope, and found her personal commitment to be an inspiration.”
Her second book — “Know Your Rights and Claim Them: A Guide for Youth,” co-authored by human rights lawyer Geraldine Van Bueren and published in 2021 — is similarly humanitarian-focused. As Simon Hattenstone explains in The Guardian, “The book lays out all the rights children have under the UN convention on the rights of the child, ratified by 196 countries, explains how to claim them and offers advice from young people who have done.” The United States was one of the few countries that hadn’t ratified these rights as of the book’s publication, one of the shocking facts that inspired Jolie to write it in the first place. She was also spurred to action after facing her own legal difficulties in the custody battle for her children.
In addition to these books, Jolie has written articles in several prestigious publications. In April 2020, she wrote an article for Time detailing how important it is to protect children from the pandemic. She’s also written two opinion pieces in The New York Times, one about her decision to have a double mastectomy and one about her late mother.