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    Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, are the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China as New York Times correspondents. They received the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement and many other prizes including the George Polk and Overseas Press Club awards.

    Mr. Kristof won a second Pulitzer in 2006, for “his graphic, deeply reported columns that, at personal risk, focused attention on genocide in Darfur.” He has also served as bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo, and as associate managing editor.

    Ms. WuDunn, now a business executive, worked at The New York Times, on both the business and news sides. She has been a foreign correspondent in Asia, a business editor and a television anchor. She is the first Asian-American to receive a Pulitzer Prize.

    They live near New York City.
    #1 National Bestseller

    From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

    With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

    They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.

    Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

    Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

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    ISBN 9780307387097
    Genre POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
    Format Paperback
    Pages 296
    Publisher Date 2010-06-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Vintage Books
    Copyright Year 2009
    Height 7.75 in
    Wdth 5.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.7 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kristof, Nicholas D.
    Country of Origin United States

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    • Everyone needs to read this, period.

      This book is so inspiring, everyone must read this. You will have a different outlook on life, I guarantee it!

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    • should be required reading

      Very graphic and disturbing but all true. Maybe if it was required reading we- "the treatment of women" would be in better shape around the world because we wouldn't let our sisters be treated so.

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    • This book is in perfect condition

      I haven't yet read the book but it's exactly what I thought I was ordering and it came in the time frame it said it would. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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    • Amazing book

      This book shines light on a neglected problem in our day- the trafficking and bondage of women in many parts of the world. Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn travel throughout Asia and Africa to meet with women who have been caught in the modern slave trade in women and discuss their ordeals, From child trafficking and prostitution to honor killings and maternal mortality, the authors show that women in parts of the developing world are still treated as disposable. Instead of being depressing, however, the book is uplifting and inspiring- they tell stories of women who have escaped their captors and are making a difference for others. Amazing book!

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    • ImportantBook

      This is a disturbing, but very important, read. Chicken Little was right!

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