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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Hardcover – Abridged, October 8, 2013
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A Look Inside I Am Malala
"Ms. Yousafzai has single-handedly turned the issue of the right of girls--and all children--to be educated into headline news. And she is a figure worth hearing." (Isabel Berwick, Financial Times)
"Wise beyond her years...." (Annie Gowen, Marie Claire)
"Riveting.... Co-written with Christina Lamb, a veteran British journalist who has an evident passion for Pakistan and can render its complicated history with pristine clarity, this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.... It is difficult to imagine a chronicle of a war more moving, apart from perhaps the diary of Anne Frank. With the essential difference that we lost that girl, and by some miracle, we still have this one." (Marie Arana, Washington Post)
"Remarkable...a must-read, first-person account of her journey through global terrorism, her brave, encouraging parents, and her own fight for girls' education." (MarieClaire.com)
"The victory of Malala Yousafzai is that she's just getting started." (Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon)
"Briskly written but full of arresting detail.... Striking [and] surprising..." (Jill Lawless, Associated Press)
"Ms. Yousafzai's stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world..." (Salman Masood, The New York Times)
"Not only has Malala Yousafzai become an international symbol of inspiration and bravery, but her survival instilled educators with courage-and is slowly helping make Pakistani schools safer." (Nick Schifrin, ABC.com)
"For a teenage girl in a distant corner of the globe to spark life into this movement-against overwhelming odds-is truly extraordinary. The world must not allow Malala's message to die." (Dallas Morning News)
"Her powerful message remains undiluted." (Tina Jordan, Entertainment Weekly)
"In simple, clear writing, I AM MALALA gives a rare and moving first-person glance into what it's like to be a teenager in a country seized by extremists who stand against the basic freedoms you believe in." (Krystin Arneson, Bustle)
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Top Customer Reviews
Although I have never been to any of the 'villages' I have visited Pakistan once & was a bit surprised by the conditions in one of the larger cities. The Swat valley does sound beautiful thanks to the wonderful mental pictures I got from the very vivid text. It really is ashame that this area is no longer available for tourist, be they Pakistani or international. I also accompanied an in-law to a doctor's while in Pakistan, and as a retired RN, I am really amazed that Malala survived this ordeal. I have little doubt that it definitely was not her time to die no matter what the Taliban tried. God....Allah....must have other plans and no man will change that.
A year later, far from succumbing to the threat, Malala Yousafzai has become a symbol of hope in a world ravaged by violence and brutality. Narrating about the initial threat in her autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, co-written by Christina Lamb, who is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents, and published by Little, Brown and Company (October 2013), Malala said that she was not scared but had started making sure the gate was locked at night and asking God what happens when one dies.
Aware that the threat could become a reality, Malala used to consider what she would do if the Taliban shot her. She was even thinking, "May be, I'd take off my shoes and hit him."
And on October 9, 2012, Malala was returning from school when a bearded man stopped the bus and asked, "Who is Malala?" The 20-odd girls tucked inside the white three-bench Toyota truck which was used as a school bus were frightened. No one said anything but "that's when he lifted up a black pistol" and the girls screamed.
The bearded man fired three shots, "the first went through my left eye socket and out under my left shoulder. I slumped forward onto Moniba, blood coming from my left ear, so the other two bullets hit the girls next to me...My friends later told me the gunman's hand was shaking as he fired.Read more ›
The cause of female education, of female empowerment, may well be the great cause of our time. You will read about it in this book, but also about Malala as a human being--intellectually competitive, surprisingly in touch with certain aspects of American popular culture yet living a very different life from girls in Western societies--a patriot, a Muslim believer, and very, very brave. It is worth reading this book just to encounter her.
A parenthetical note--the Kindle edition has surprisingly good color photos of Malala and her family (seen on a Kindle Fire).
This book reminded me of a recently published book The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance. In his book Qasim Rashid explains why Malala is born in a society that has become apologetic to Taliban, opts illiteracy over education and uses guns instead of pens. Both books are untold stories persecution and perseverance.
I wish Malala a long and healthy life and may her missions accomplish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is more a history of Malala's homeland and family than it is a memoir of her life. This is understandable because she is still very young. Read morePublished 1 day ago by BlazinTigerKnight
I cannot say enough about this book. I learned valuable, valuable history from someone who has lived it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by barbaram
I wish I would have read the negative reviews before buying this book. I was so excited to get this book as I wanted to read about Malala's story - not the extensive history of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alea
Just finished reading this book. It is a testament to her family, especially her father who defied the cultural norms of a paternal society to fight for the education of girls. Read morePublished 2 days ago by The Black Mzungu
Something for young people, something for adults. Insights into what some of us, on earth, are dealing with. Inspirational.Published 3 days ago by william graham
THE family's honesty and love for one another and the insight of the time and culturePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer