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A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Danny Pearl Hardcover – September 30, 2003
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The glimpses Mrs. Pearl gives into her life are astounding, particularly when she retells her difficult birth to she and Danny's child. She also expresses her unique balance of inner strength and her will to fight for Danny with her inner calm and ability to still trust in the world.
After the epilogue, she has copied some of the numerous letters she received after the news of Danny's death, and they will restore your faith in humanity. Written by both common individuals and world leaders, these instill within the heart that there is good within mankind. The letters from adherents of Islam are especially poignant, and their calls for a peaceful, united world will bring tears to your eyes. Five stars.
When Daniel Pearl was kidnapped, I was pregnant and still working in the newsroom (nothing like the calibar of Wall Street Journal, mind you!). I remember reading avidly about the kidnapping and eventual murder of Pearl (though I refused to watch the video ... what a cruel thing to do to another human being!) but as time passes by, I got busy raising our twin boys. Reading Mariane Pearl's book on her experiences of waiting to see her husband again and being pregnant brought back memories of conversations I had with my husband. As a woman, I cannot imagine how harrowing it was for her during that time period nor can I imagine giving birth without my husband at my side. This book is a memoir to her husband's courageous stance and beliefs that truth is vital to human growth. It is also a memoir of Mariane's beliefs as well.
Mariane recounts her meeting with Daniel, her wedding (where she didn't stop smiling for the three-day party), her travels with Daniel and even their little routines that all happily married couples have. She recounts her fear and horror but her belief that Daniel will return home to her ~~ how she sees him defying his captors in little ways and how that uplifted her during that horrid time. She writes of the friends that she has made who searched for Daniel and tried to rescue him. She writes of her pregnancy and dreams for their unborn son. It is a beautiful love story that continues in defiance of the terrorists.Read more ›
Contrary to two Amazon reviewers from Pakistan who claim that the book expresses hatred for Pakistanis, the book reveals a woman who has no place in her heart for hate or prejudice or stereotypes. Indeed, she has deep emotional attachments to several Pakistani investigators who tried to find her husband before it was too late.
Mariane Pearl is amazingly kind, generous, and loving, as well as courageous. She faced her trauma with remarkable strength of character. At no point did she blame "Pakistanis," and she is remarkably restrained in what she says about the zealots and terrorists who killed her husband. She describes the experience she lived through and the loving relationship that she had with her husband, as well as describing the remarkable man that he was. They had a beautiful love affair, and her love for him is what sustains the narrative. At the same time, the reader learns about the abundance of terrorist organizations and their connections to Pakistan's elusive intelligence organizations (the ISI).
The book is a compelling narrative and I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to understand the world as it is today. It is a beautiful love story, a suspenseful mystery, a tale of international intrigue, and a guide to some of the scariest terrorist organizations in the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not quite true; my wife is reading it, but that alone is proof of excellence
This was so poignant and heart-breaking. I highly recommend it to everyone who wants an impression of the war we're waging.Published 8 months ago by Diamond
A moving and absorbing real life account of the last months of Daniel Pearl and how his wife Marianne dealt with being in Pakistan after Daniel was kidnapped by Islamic terrorists. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Gary Selikow
Very thoughtful and emotional book. One can cry and then laugh; one can get despair and then hopeful. A must read for anyone reflecting on the state of "humanity" of today. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JJ
I loved this book. The story was well written and intriguing as well as heartbreaking.
The book arrived in a timely manner & the product description was accurate.
Many people will remember the horrific murder of journalist Daniel Pearl; this is his courageous, compassionate widow's story of their lives together and the events surrounding... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by J. Petzak
Much has been written and aired about Danny Pearl whose kidnapping and death shocked the nation. Still I took time to read the version told his wife, Marianne. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by RE Krause