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Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
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Jan 15, 2012

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Read from January 15 to 17, 2012

I have mixed feelings about this book. Superficially, the way it's told makes me sometimes feel as though Maathai isn't being totally straightforward about everything, or that some parts are a slightly too strong justification of things she did that were unpopular. I got tired of that, a little. But then again, perhaps she approaches storytelling from a way that I don't know how to appreciate.

On the other hand, it's a crazy amazing story of starting small and making HUGE change in the world, simply by virtue of not giving up. It's a great look at the intersection of democracy, environmentalism, and human rights, with Maathai arguing that all three are essential in a free society, that you can't have one, really, without the others. She's rooted in Kenya, but this book could really apply anywhere. It's a pretty amazing story.

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