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A Mighty Heart - The Daniel Pearl Story Paperback – 18 Mar 2004

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (18 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844081265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844081264
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,195,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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.

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The universality of this autobiographical account of coping with the barbaric slaughter of a beloved husband and father-to-be is mirrored, in microcosm, in its author's mixed Hispanic, Chinese, Black, and Caucasian lineage. It is a triumph of the universal human spirit that Mariane Pearl has courageously risen above bitterness and hatred in reaffirmation of the challenges and joys of living. Her moving memorial of her late husband's personal and professional achievements has elicited tributes from world figures and ordinary citizens on all continents, and is itself a testament to the indomitability of love and faith in a world that increasingly resembles a theater of the absurd.
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Such a well written book. Marianne Pearl has managed to give her accountof this heart wrenching story of the kidnap and murder of her husband,while still providing an educational insight into this fundamentalistworld. Whilst being intrigued by the detail on this underworld in Pakistanone minute, you will be feeling every ounce of emotion of herrollercoaster nightmare. YOU WILL NOT WANT TO STOP READING.
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The story defines strength and courage, from the the first line right till the last page.
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
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loved the book. the story of Marianne and Daniel pearl is really amazing. I read this book thinking the 'mighty heart' was Daniel but I left the book knowing that it was Marianne.
Absolutely fantastic read.
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This is not only a deeply affecting book. It provoked me to think about what it means to be skeptical of the security services and their "terror" powers. These people are a danger in their own right. Yet A Mighty Heart showed me the other side - the lurid jihadi hate network that these forces confront.

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.
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