A Memoir

Book - 2006
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Hugely charismatic, humble, and possessed of preternatural luminosity of spirit, Wangari Maathai, the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and a single mother of three, recounts her extraordinary life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya. Born in a rural village in 1940, Wangari Maathai was already an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education even though most girls were uneducated. We see her studying with Catholic missionaries, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in the United States, and becoming the first woman both to earn a PhD in East and Central Africa and to head a university department in Kenya. We witness her numerous run-ins with the brutal Moi government. She makes clear the political and personal reasons that compelled her, in 1977, to establish the Green Belt Movement, which spread from Kenya across Africa and which helps restore indigenous forests while assisting rural women by paying them to plant trees in their villages. We see how Maathai's extraordinary courage and determination helped transform Kenya's government into the democracy in which she now serves as assistant minister for the environment and as a member of Parliament. And we are with her as she accepts the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in recognition of her "contribution to sustainable development, human rights, and peace." In "Unbowed", Wangari Maathai offers an inspiriting message of hope and prosperity through self-sufficiency.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307263483
Characteristics: xvii, 314 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Sep 13, 2018

For Ellie's Fall 2018 Semester at Portland University

Mar 18, 2017

This is a memoir from an incredible African woman who won the Nobel Prize for her environmental and human rights work in Kenya. Wangari Maathai is an incredibly brave, forward thinking woman who dedicated her life to The Green Belt Movement in Kenya. There is much to be admired in her story a great deal to learn as well. This was interesting and highly readable. Recommended to those who enjoy reading about inspiring lives.

emily8 Mar 21, 2014

Wow - Recommended!

Dec 20, 2013

Such an interesting and compassionate book! Here you find both common sense and profound insights. Wangari Maathai was not only an amazing human rights and environmental activist, she held a PhD in science, and wrote an inspiring and readable memoir!


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