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Unbowed: A Memoir Paperback – September 4, 2007
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Raised in rural Kenya, Wangari Maathai never lost the deep connection with the land and its the natural beauty. Over the years, she noticed the changes and the increasing fragility of the environment. Trees for her became a symbol and a tool for protecting the vulnerable ecosystem and assisting rural population to stem the growing poverty.
Thanks to the intervention of her older brother and the support of her mother, she was able to attend school beyond the primary level, which was all girls at the time could reach for. As luck had it and, being a bright student, her convent school was one of those selected to send graduates to the US under what became known as the Kennedy Airlift: a program to send young Africans to American colleges for further education. These young people were being primed to become future leaders of their societies in the soon to be independent African states. Maathai returned to Kenya with a Master's degree in biology, a subject that for her combined her scientific interests with her deep love for her natural environment.Read more ›
During her fantastic journey, she became a mother of three, an inspiration for millions, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Her life is an eloquent triumph of good versus evil. Those who have asked: "What can one person do?" Need only to read about her "Green Belt Movement". I'll give you a hint: It is about trees, self reliance, and human endurance.
Prepare yourself for spell-binding details (page 277) on crime, corruption, and monumental waste of natural resources by so-called leaders --- who feed off the carcasses of their people.
"Unbowed" is a book that will have you believing in the unattainable. Exquisitely written ... it is a compelling story of incredible courage, tenacious will, and survival in modern day Africa.
I loved it. You will, too!
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I first heard of Wangari on the Eleventh Hour, a documentary about climate change narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my heroes! Kenya's Wangari Maathai was the first African woman and first environmentalist to win the Nobel peace prize; she was also a fearless activist for democracy,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brendan J. Mcsherry
This book depicts the challenges that can occur when advocating for social and political change. She was unstoppable in regards to her vision. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Satisfied Customer
Wangari Maathai was one of a handful of women who have won the Nobel Prize. The first African woman to receive a PhD she went on to start the Green Belt movement, first in her... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading about Mrs. Wangeri Maathai's life. She was totally committed to serving her country and enriching the life of women. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ursula Shelton
Wangari Maathai is such an inspiration to me after reading this book. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is even remotely interested in having their outlook on life... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sarah