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Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
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Feb 26, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: memoir, non-fiction, science, social-issues
Read in July, 2007

Wangari Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work as founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya and internationally. Unbowed is her memoir and I found it to be a fascinating read. Maathai is an incredible woman who has stood strong and defended her values in the face of many seemingly insurmontable hurdles. The book is well-written and she provides many insights into the things that have helped her stay strong, as well a making strikingly clear the link between peace, the environment, and women’s issues. There were many quotable passages but I will leave you with just one snippet: “We do the right thing not to please people but because it’s the only logically reasonable thing to do, as long as we are being honest with ourselves – even if we are the only ones.”

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