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Half The Sky: How to Change the World by [Kristof, Nicholas D., Sheryl WuDunn]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

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Opens our eyes to an enormous humanitarian issue.
-"Washington Post" 10 Best Books of the Year
Vitally important . . . Heartbreaking, galvanizing, and unforgettable.
-"Publishers Weekly "Top 100 Books of 2009
This book isn't a sermon . . . These stories are electrifying and have the effect of breaking down this enormous problem into segments the reader can focus on. Suddenly, these horrendous problems begin to seem solvable . . . Again, this book is not a sermon about victims. Its range is wide, and sometimes it's even funny . . . "Half the Sky" is a call to arms, a call for help, a call for contributions, but also a call for volunteers. It asks us to open our eyes to this enormous humanitarian issue. It does so with exquisitely crafted prose and sensationally interesting material . . . I really do think this is one of the most important books I have ever reviewed.
-Carolyn See, "The Washington Post"
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Passionate yet practical . . . ["Half the Sky"] is both stirring and sensible . . . This wonderful book combines a denunciation of horrible abuses with clear-eyed hope and some compelling practical strategies. The courageous women described here, and millions more like them, deserve nothing less.
-Martha Nussbaum, " The New York Times"
"Half the Sky" is a story of empowerment . . . This book takes a sad song and makes it better, so to speak.
-Yoko Ono, "O: Oprah Magazine"
Women facing poverty, oppression, and violence are usually viewed as victims. Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn s "Half the Sky" shows that unimaginable challenges are often met with breathtaking bravery. These stories show us the power and resilience of women who would have every reason to give up but never do. They will be an inspiration for anyone who reads this book, and a model for those fighting for justice around the world. You will not want to put this book down.
-Angelina Jolie
I read" Half the Sky "in one sitting, staying up until 3 a.m. to do so. It is brilliant and inspirational, and I want to shout about it from the rooftops and mountains. It vividly illustrates how women have turned despair into prosperity and bravely nurtured hope to cultivate a bright future. The book ends with an especially compelling What you can do to exhort us all to action.
-Greg Mortenson, author, " Three Cups of Tea"
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If you have always wondered whether you can change the world, read this book. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have written a brilliant call to arms that describes one of the transcendent injustices in the world today the brutal treatment of women. They take you to many countries, introduce you to extraordinary women, and tell you their moving tales. Throughout, the tone is practical not preachy and the book s suggestions as to how you can make a difference are simple, sensible, and yet powerful. The authors vividly describe a terrible reality about the world we live in but they also provide light and hope that we can, in fact, change it.
-Fareed Zakaria, author, " The Post-American World"
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I think it s impossible to stand by and do nothing after reading "Half the Sky." It does what we need most, it bears witness to the sheer cruelty that mankind can do to mankind.
-George Clooney
It s impossible to exaggerate the importance of this book about one of the most serious problems of our time: the worldwide abuse and exploitation of women. In addition to describing the injustices, Kristof and WuDunn show how concerned individuals everywhere are working effectively to empower women and help them overcome adversity. Wonderfully written and vividly descriptive, "Half the Sky "can and should galvanize support for reform on all levels. Inspiring as it is shocking, this book demands to be read.
-Anne Rice
"Half the Sky" is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say No more! to the 17th-century abuses to girls and women in the 21st-century world. This is a book that will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience. It is a powerful piece of journalism by two masters of the craft who are tireless in their pursuit of one of the most shameful conditions of our time.
-Tom Brokaw
The stories that Kristof and WuDunn share are as powerful as they are heartbreaking. Their insight into gender issues and the role of women in development inspires hope, optimism, and most importantly, the will to change. Both a brutal awakening and an unmistakable call to action, this book should be read by all.
-Melinda Gates
An unblinking look at one of the seminal moral challenges of our time. This stirring book is at once a savage indictment of gender inequality in the developing world and an inspiring testament to these women s courage, resilience, and their struggle for hope and recovery. An unexpectedly uplifting read.
-Khaled Hosseini, author, "The Kite Runner"
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While we rightly roared at racial apartheid, we act as though gender apartheid is a natural, immutable fact. With absolutely the right Molotov cocktail of on-the-ground reporting and hard social science, Kristof and WuDunn blow up this taboo . . . A thrilling manifesto for advancing freedom for hundreds of millions of human beings.
-Johann Hari, Slate.com
The most important book of the year . . ." Half the Sky "is the kind of book that could change the course of history.
-William Petrocelli, "The Huffington Post"
How many books make a significant difference in matters that concern everyone who lives on earth? Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have certainly written such a book. "Half the Sky" is the most important book that I have read since Rachel Carson s "Silent Spring, " published in 1962 . . . "Half the Sky" is a groundbreaking, eye-opening book, stunning in every sense.
-Charles R. Larson, "CounterPunch"
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Urgent . . . Passionate . . . Compelling . . ." Half the Sky" is a grab-the-reader-by-the-lapels wake-up call.
" "-Bill Williams, " The Boston Globe"
Superb . . . As Rachel Carson s" Silent Spring "once catalyzed us to save our birds and better steward our earth, " Half the Sky "stands to become a classic, spurring us to spare impoverished women these terrors, and elevate them to turn around the future of their nations.
-Susan Ager, "Cleveland Plain Dealer"
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Stunning . . ." [Half the Sky"] belongs on the must-read list because it offers perspective, insight, and clear-eyed optimism for why and how each of us can and should meet one of the great moral and humanitarian challenges of our times.
-Bill Gates, Sr., "The Huffington Post""

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A brilliantly argued case for investing in the health and autonomy of women worldwide ... Far from making moral appeals, the authors posit that it is impossible for countries to climb out of poverty if only a fraction of women participate in the labour force ... The authors reveal local women to be the most effective change agents Publishers' Weekly (starred review) 'This wonderful book combines a denunciation of horrible abuses with clear-eyed hope and some compelling practical strategies. The courageous women described here, and millions more like them, deserve nothing less' THE NEW YORK TIMES 'An inspiring testament to women's courage, and their struggle for hope and recovery' Khaleid Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner 'These stories show us the power and resilience of women who would have every reason to give up but never do ... You will not want to put this book down'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2361 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GGUGEE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,868 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a wonderful book, many of the stories are very upsetting to read but,these stories are told alongside tales of inspiration. Women who against all the odds have pulled themselves out of their situation to make massive changes to their own lives and the world around them. I particularly enjoyed the fact that there were numerous practical suggestions on how you and I can make the world a better place. I have started sending this one to friends... it's definately worth a read and then passing it on.
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I guess I have come to the Half The Sky book backwards as I have been an active member of Kiva for a couple of years, more recently joining their Half The Sky team as their goals matched my lending history. I was aware of the gist of the book and have now, finally, gotten around to reading it. The lovely people at ESPH, with whom I worked over the summer, gave me an Amazon voucher on leaving and that funded this book's purchase.
I'm not completely sure how I feel about Half The Sky now having read it. Its aims are obviously admirable and by appealing to such a wide audience and being bought in great numbers, its message will reach many people who might previously been unaware of the plight of many of our world's women. However, I felt a bit awkward at the patronising tone in some places. Written primarily for an affluent American audience, there is very much a 'them and us' feel to the writing. Abuses happen 'elsewhere' and the apparent importance and influence of American political decisions to life and death in other sovereign nations is unnerving. It reminded me of the power of the former British empire and of how many of our decisions were catastrophic to those on the receiving end. Also, the emotional manipulation throughout the text is phenomenal! At least the authors are upfront about this. They discuss how experiments have proved that individuals are more likely to donate, and to donate larger sums, to single named individual than to a country or a general appeal. (On reflection, this is also how Kiva works - by putting forward a series of individuals and their stories.) Before and after having made this point, that is exactly what the Half The Sky authors do.
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While this book is not a light read - it has some gut wrenching stories of suffering that, if they were about citizens of any Western nation, would make media headlines internationally - it is also hugely inspiring and upifting. What seems clear from these pages, which was echoed by Greg Mortenson in his wonderful "Three Cups of Tea", is that educating, empowering and supporting women and girls in the developing world is probably not only the right and moral thing to do, but also our best chance to counteract the growing worldwide culture of extremism and terrorism. This book is the most powerful call to arms I have come across in recent years!
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Half the sky is brilliant. i read it in the space of 4 days because i just couldn't put it down. Nicholas Kristof fills this book with stories aout how trafficking is a major problem around the world. How can female pregnancy deaths are shockingly high? Why is the govt not doing anything about these problems? Can we abolish sex slavery? Can we abolish the high death rates for female pregnancy? What can you do to help? Seeming as there is hope because we managed to abolish black slavery!!!!
All these questions and many more are answered in this book:)
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This book opened my eyes up to the issues surrounding female rights around the world, from honor killings, rapes to female genital mutilation. While I was researching on Female Genital Mutilation to deliver a presentation, my friend introduced me to this book which I promptly read from cover to cover. Whilst reading each story, I was filled with anger at the circumstances these women were in, but yet, often at the end of each story, there would be a silver lining, portraying how a woman's strength and courage can lift them up and away from undesirable circumstances. The selflessness and bravado of these women led me to examine my own life and what I can do to help out in the future, in whatever small way I can.

I was always interested in female issues but never found something which would stop me in the tracks of my everyday life and make me think this hard as to what I can do to contribute. This book did just that. If you are interested in female rights, maternal mortality, or simply, what actually goes on in countries less advanced in terms of female rights progression than ours, this book is well worth a read.
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A brutal story of aborting female fetuses, girl's with less to eat and no access to school, being married very young and being beaten and sold to brothels. Beside this, encouraging tales of women with help from charities and micro loans have started getting an education, earning money and being respected by their husbands to become leaders in their communities and countries. How very important it is to liberate females and bless humanity.
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Refreshing, realistic view of "activism" & "charity work". Really good spotlight on successful grassroots projects & opens your eyes to the fact that large Western led projects may not be the best place to send your money. Lots of real life examples & stories of women that kept it interesting. When I bought it, I wondered if I would struggle to finish it (could be a dry topic) but I couldn't stop turning the pages!
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