A Mighty Heart - The Daniel Pearl Story Paperback – 18 Mar 2004
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Mariane Pearl is a most remarkable woman. The book is heart-wrenching and extraordinary (John le Carre)
She addresses her own tragedy without self-pity and with remarkable naturalness (New York Times)
A transfixing account of an unimaginable ordeal, frank, taut, and almost unbearably moving (Andrew Anthony, Telegraph Magazine)
Her memoir, though moving, is equally tough-minded (Christopher Taylor, Sunday Telegraph)
One of the most terrifying stories of our time: unforgettable for its individuality, its horror, and its lesson about a man and a woman's commitment to understanding the world - and to each other.See all Product Description
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A bitter experience which brings people of different nations, religions, cultures and beliefs together. This book has re-instilled my belief that people can work alongside one another, live alongside one another despite race, religion and colour. I hope people can learn from this book.
A great read and an unbelievable story of this woman's experience
Absolutely fantastic read.
Muslim Extremism has been largely caricatured in the press. From a comfortable western point of view jihadis can exist only through the lens of South Park. Yet the up-close view presented by books like A Mighty Heart strips away these stereotypes.
That's partly because of the appalling impact on the book's author - kidnapped journalist Daniel Pearl's wife Mariane, who narrates the hunt - and ultimate discovery of his death - with a taught, context-full description that shows the journalist that she is.
But it's also because Mariane's situation - 6 months pregnant, utterly in love with her husband (and then distraught over his disappearance) gives sympathy to those trying to help her. Hundreds of doors are kicked in in their search for Pearl. Cemeteries are dug up. Officers are told 'no torture!' (fat chance); another guy drafted in to help has a specialty in kidnapping kidnappers families.
Yet the Jihadis manage to out-evil even these highly dubious 'security' forces. Pearl's beheading via a curved scimitar - shot in documentary-like fashion by his abductors - shows a cold-blooded murder, a cruelty that is almost impossible to imagine - that portrays the most barbaric of our contemporary bad guys in a positive light.
It's a pretty dubiuos choice between an evil-doing security apparatus, and an entire subculture of god-sanctioned murderers. But A Mighty Heart goes to show that the forces that "protect" us are equaled - and in this case overtaken - in their race to the bottom by the forces they fight against.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A moving and absorbing real life account of the last months of Daniel Pearl and how his wife Marianne dealt with being in Pakistan after Daniel was kidnapped by Islamic terrorists. Read morePublished on 19 July 2014 by Gary Selikow
Great book something you can read time and time again......Watched the film firsty and then couldn't wait to read the book...now...I want to watch the film again....!!!!!!!!!!!!Published on 6 Oct. 2011 by Ms. G. Edmonds
A Mighty Heart: The Daniel Pearl Story
Even already knowing the barbaric outcome, this book was stunning. Read more
This heart-wrenching book will keep you turning the pages as though it were a blockbuster, not the terrible story of one woman's loss. Read morePublished on 29 July 2008 by Hayles