Unbowed

Unbowed

by Wangari Maathai
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Unbowed 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Professor Wangari Maathai is truly one of the most important voices of our time. This dynamic and indefatigable Kikuyu woman of Kenya has illuminated rays of light through the dark clouds of Kenya, and so Africa. Standing in the face or oppression and unbearable adversity that she faced when Kenya was not a land of freedom, but a state of oppression and discord, it was Wangari¿s resilient voice, her never-ending effort to stand strong in the winds of injustice, and her ceaseless love of mankind that has in many ways begun the great changes toward democracy and freedom for all individuals not just in Kenya, but in Africa. As the Cold War has, as Professor Maathai clearly and carefully points out, changed the dynamics of government in Africa, the reader becomes aware, in a different way than what is typically presented in the press, of the many issues involved with the challenges that the world faces through the daily experiences of those who seek `Freedom¿. Clearly, as the world becomes closer and more connected, the issues that continue in Africa are critical issues that we, as a progressive society, must not simply acknowledge, but do something about. Acting on what is right . . . standing up for your beliefs . . . standing down oppression and hatred . . . and nurturing Mother Earth as she continues to nurture and provide for all, are themes this visionary East and Central African woman who is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize shares with the world in her brilliantly written life story. Readers across the world will tap into the determination of this extraordinary activist . . . who has taught so many about how love of each other can begin with love on the land we live on. But there is so much more to `Unbowed¿: Uhuru Park ¿ Freedom Park ¿ is more than a rolling green field in the middle of Nairobi, it is more than a starting point for this wonderful woman¿s love affair with the world, and it is so much more than a gathering point where the notion of planting trees . . . the seeds of The Green Belt Movement occurred. `Unbowed¿ is the story of a magnificent and courageous leader who stood up for the oppressed, including the woman of Kenya, and provided hope for better tomorrows by demonstrating that if a person possesses a will to make change, change can and will occur. `Unbowed¿ is a most remarkable memoir . . . and Professor Wangari Maathai is an ingenious woman of dignity the world continues to learn from.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book by an amazing woman! Good for addressing gender roles, the environment, politics, manipulation, and perseverance. This is an inspiring book I would recommend to all. I was downright giddy that I had coincidentally planted a tree about three days before I begin reading this book. Now I feel even more proud about planting that tree and all that it can stand for in this world!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was assigned as summer reading but I am very glad that I read it. Unbowed is truly inspirational; a must read!
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Caught one! Gosh, they are slippery!
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SteveJV More than 1 year ago
I needed this book for my college class, women's perspective, and I thought this book was really good. This book is also good. I don't want to recommend in a CD format but hardcover... I liked this book better because it's more current than unbowed. Both books are great though.Between Two Worlds by Zainab Salbi
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