In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the Kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai continued to fight tirelessly to save Kenya’s forests and to restore democracy to her beloved country. Infused with her unique luminosity of spirit, Wangari Maathai’s remarkable story of courage, faith, and the power of persistence is destined to inspire generations to come.

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Patheos

09 Oct 2013
9.0
Maathai prided herself on being single-minded. She accomplished a lot in her life because of her single-mindedness. She had a great repugnance for injustice. She also had a strong sense of community and leadership. Those values run through her whole ...
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Myndz Community

28 Mar 2013
8.0
Many people say she is a heroine to them, as for me she is also a heroine and a fountain of inspiration not just for her public achievements but also for personal reasons. You see, my father Ngotho wa Kariuki was a political detainee and political pr ...
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The New TImes

05 Dec 2012
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In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner, the late Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental mo ...
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Cowbird

10 Apr 2012
8.0
The First African Woman and the first Environmentalist to win the Nobel Peace Prize. I had not known anything about Wangari Maathai until I got this book from the library. It is very interesting book written in a manner which keeps our interest to th ...
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Joy's Book Blog

24 Feb 2012
8.0
Summary: Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, empowering women to plant trees, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. As she said in the Epilogue, this was the first time that the Nobel Committee recognized a link “between peac ...
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Academia.edu

20 Dec 2006
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Trees are the living symbols of peace and hope…” This thought was uppermost on Wangari Maathai’s mind on 8 October 2004, as she gazed up at the Mount Kenya Forest (then emerging from under a mantle of swirling cloud), just moments after she ...

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Published:

October 3, 2006

Publisher:

Alfred A. Knopf Publishing

ISBN:

978-0-307-27520-2

Language:

English

Literary Awards:

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction (2007)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto-biography

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