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Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador [Paperback]

Angelina Jolie
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1 Dec 2003
Three years ago, award-winning actress Angelina Jolie took on a radically different role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Here are her memoirs from her journeys to Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Cambodia and Ecuador, where she lived and worked and gave her heart to those who suffer the world's most shattering violence and victimization. Here are her revelations of joy and warmth amid utter destitution, compelling snapshots of courageous and inspiring people for whom survival is their daily work and candid notes from a unique pilgrimage that completely changed the actress's worldview - and the world within herself.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Pocket Books Trade Pbk. Ed edition (1 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743470230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743470230
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 14 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Goodall, Ph.D., CBE Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace Angelina is living proof of the power we all have -- every one of us -- to make a difference. I was deeply moved by her descriptions of individual refugees struggling to live with dignity and hope, and found her personal commitment to be an inspiration. Angelina's journals document her awakening as a humanitarian activist and I hope they will move readers to act. I look forward to my continued work with Angelina on behalf of the United Nations.

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Angelina Jolie has starred in more than twenty films, including "Gia; The Bone Collector; Girl, Interrupted; Gone in 60 Seconds; Lara Croft: Tomb Raider;" and "Beyond Borders."

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars angelina jolie 16 Oct 2003
By A Customer
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Angelina Jolie is a star who doesn't think about herself all the time, in this book she goes down to the bare min to see how these people actually survive.
She looks into the hearts of these people and see what drives them to make it in this world, she actually listens to what they have to say.
This book is a must if you want to see Angelina at her best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A taste of harsh reality 9 May 2004
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Here we are in the western world in our comfortable homes, surrounded by those we love and perhaps not aware that many miles away are men, women & children suffering at the hands of other human beings and not able to even build a life for themselves or a future for their children. This book is an honest and open account of the journey that this wonderful example of what "celebrity" should be about, makes in order to bring a little bit of understanding about the plight of these poor individuals and how various organisations are trying to assist them with very little help. I can honestly say that prior to reading this book I was very cynical to the needs of refugees and my attitude towards them was extremely negative so I would like to thank Angelina for writing this journal as I feel that I have been enlightened and my outlook on life has changed drastically.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angelina's Journals, open your eyes 13 Nov 2003
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This book has made me realise just what is going on in the world. It makes me sad to think that a book like this has to be writen by a famous actress so people will read it. I enjoyed her thoughts and have discovered a new person inside of me. I think it would do everyone good to read this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eye-opening read 22 Jun 2005
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Books like this are not usually my cup of tea, prefering sci-fi and horror. However, being a huge admirer of Ms Jolie I decided to give this book a go.
She says that she isn't a writer but within the pages of this book are the most emotional, honest accounts i've ever read. You can't help but feel that you're taking this journey with her, and boy is it one hell of a journey! Even if you're not a film fan and have no idea who Angelina Jolie actually is, then this is a must read book. You can't help but gain a great deal of respect for the people that she writes about, it truely is an eye-opening read!
But be warned, it will bring a tear to your eye at many points along the way (and a few laughs!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate and educational 15 Sep 2007
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I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the world and other cultures. The style of writing makes this journal extremely easy to read, as Jolie doesn't use too many facts and figures (just enough), but tells the personal stories of the refugees she meets. The stories are heart breaking and overwhelming at times, yet also inspiration. Luckily, in the British press we do get to hear news from around the world, but not always in great detail. Jolie doesn't try to explain in too much detail why the countries have refugees, but it did inspire me to find out more. I have so much admiration for Jolie, as she didn't need to put herself in such (physically and emotionally) uncomfortable situations but chose to and still continues to raise money and awareness for people in such tragic circumstances. Other 'celebrities' could learn a lot from her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving read. 31 Aug 2004
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Angelina starts this book explaining to us, that she isn't a writer and almost apologises for that, Angy darling you are a really honest writer and that helps us focus on the true meaning and vision that she/ the book allows us to see.
I had an emotional roller coaster reading this...
Holds no punches with the reality of what has happened to these people and is still happening too, some parts really sickened me to read, I found myself looking away from the book and feeling so sick at what these people have gone through, children as young as two, I won't write about it here. I had no idea it was that bad but this is just a glimpse I'm sure that if I had seen first hand that it would be a lot worse. I bought this book as I am a big fan of A J, for her films and for her she is such a good role model, so caring and its great to see people that are wealthy and in a position to help those less fortunate. I am grateful for what I have, yeah sure we always want more, but this book really opened my eyes, and now I regularly donate money as much as I can afford to these worth while courses as stated in the book, if only more people would. I recommend this book if your a fan or not, as it makes you appreciate what we have, and forces you to look beyond our borders we think nothing of gulping down cough mixture for a little cough, would you or I have the spirit to fight on as they do if in that situation day in day out? I don't think I could... could you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Angelina. 1 April 2011
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I bought this book because admittedly i have a rather large girl crush on Angie, but she really did surprise me.

It is informative, descriptive and at times brutal and sad.

I loved the section where she met her son Maddox for the 1st time and how when she left on the plane she had to go back to get him.

Angelina doesn't claim to be an author, this book is a compilation of her journal entries that to be honest most of us would be writing the very same.

She is a dedicated philanthropist who dedicates her life to highlighting the struggles of refugees daily and i have to agree with another reviewer on here, would you give up your time and your family to go to Cambodia, or Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Korea when there are wars, very current ones and sometimes she is in very real danger, she has a bodyguard at all times and even though she is part of a UN convoy does not guarantee her safety or the safety of anyone that travels with her and she has been shot at.

Yes in war torn countries you dont have luxurious hotel rooms, you poop in a hole in the ground if your lucky and so what if in the book she said that she sometimes had the luxury of a hotel room with a toilet and toilet paper, and a shower, and a hot meal.

That's human nature, i regularly go to festivals and the one thing i always want when i come home is a hot shower, a bed an a home cooked meal, she is no different from any of us by comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars speechless
Absolutely Fantastic!!!! A must for everyone! !
Published 17 days ago by Bianca
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Inspiring
I learned so much from reading this book. Angelina was brutally honest in her observations and didn't sugarcoat the truth, which I appreciate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Destructo Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars shows u what goes on things u never thought good thing is money from...
shows u what goes on things u never thought good thing is money from purcase goes to the charity thats great
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4.0 out of 5 stars musiclover89
The book is easy to read, chapters are quite small, you can take breaks. Angelina feels just as normal, down to earth, caring human being. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by musiclover89
5.0 out of 5 stars Review on Notes from my Travels!
This book is absolutely amazing! has to be one of my favourite books, i know its not a book book material, but the way Angelina has written her notes and the words used and the... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2011 by Alia
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging you to think
I won't go into much detail of how this book is written neither give this book moral evaluation like some people here do in their reviews. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2008 by pedmatters
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a poorly written and factual book
I'm sorry but apart from supporting the causes of this woman (Angelina) this book is poorly slapped together with incorrect facts about Cambodia. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2008 by Ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book ;)
This book is wonderful... actually I hate reading but I bought this book because of Angelina! And it didn't make me disapointed at all... Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2004 by Ba Le Khai Hoan
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