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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316322407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316322409
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,007 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The touching story will not only inform you of changing conditions in Pakistan, but inspire your rebellious spirit." (Matthew Love, Time Out New York)

"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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An amazing story an amazing young girl.
marjeanne
This is a story of courage, faith, a love of family and homeland and an unquenchable thirst for education in a young girl, who is an inspiration for all of us.
Marsha Landrith
I definitively recommend this book to all who just want to know more about Pakistan, and how they too can change their world for a better one.
Sandra Hould

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309 of 329 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Mujahid on October 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book minutes after midnight on its first day, and 14 hrs later I have finished it cover to cover. I have been married to a Pakistani for 14 yrs, and have repeatedly asked my husband, "Why do the Pakistanis put up with this"...or that as situations have arisen over the yrs. The best answers I have gotten are the same mentioned in this book. Corruption & fear. It is so wonderful to see a father & his daughter take a stand for their right for something as simple as going to school that so many of us take for granted every day.
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.
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193 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Khamneithang Vaiphei TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A year ago, a Taliban armed with a pistol shook the conscience of the entire world when he shot a young girl who defied the Taliban's diktat and campaigned for the rights of girls to proper education in Pakistan. The young girl who was shot point-blank defied death as she did the Taliban.

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.
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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis T. Smith VINE VOICE on October 11, 2013
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If you have been following Malala Yousafzai's story in the news or if you saw her recent appearance on The Daily Show you probably know this sixteen-year-old is a true heroine. What you may wonder is if this book, written with Christina Lamb, stands on its own as a great reading experience. I'd say it does. The story of how Malala's Swat Valley was taken over by Taliban extremists, how she and her whole family had to live under the de facto rule of terrorists, was chilling. In the book we get to know her idealistic father and, a figure little written about in the news, her remarkable mother--a brave woman, religiously devout, unable to read, who lived her whole life up until recently in purdah. We also see the beauty of the Swat Valley through Malala's eyes.

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).
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104 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Michal Strahilevitz on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is an inspirational read, for everyone, but particularly for young girls. It reminds us how critical it is to support women around the world as they flight for their right to get an education. As an aside, I also saw her interview on the Daily Show today. Talk about poise, strength and courage--she personifies all three of these qualities like no one else! I will use the word again, for the second time in this review, both both the author and her book-- Inspirational!
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78 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Rambler on October 8, 2013
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Malala is an inspiration for generations to come. She started her journey at a very young age and has already achieved what many people cant even dream of. As I read more and more about her, my appreciation for her increases further. Her best quality is her daring attitude in the face of extremist elements of Pakistani society. In a country where politicians, law enforcement agencies, police, media, religious leaders and government personnels have an apologetic stance about Taliban, Malala has been vocal about Taliban's atrocities since the age of 11. Even being shot in the head did not stop her from speaking and writing about Taliban's injustices. She has turned her revenge into the force of education which she wants each child to be equipped with.

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.
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