A Memoir

Book - 2006
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Maathai, the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and a single mother of three, recounts her life as a political activist, feminist, and environmentalist in Kenya. Born in a rural village in 1940, she was already an iconoclast as a child, determined to get an education even though most girls were uneducated. We see her become the first woman both in East and Central Africa to earn a PhD and to head a university department in Kenya. We witness her numerous run-ins with the brutal Moi government; the establishment, in 1977, of 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; and how her courage and determination helped transform Kenya's government into the democracy in which she now serves.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307263483
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 333.72 MAATHAI 2006
Characteristics: xvii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 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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