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3.99991536209749 out of 53.99991536209749 out of 53.99991536209749 out of 53.99991536209749 out of 53.99991536209749 out of 5 4.00 (15,714 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two Pulitzer Prize winners expose the most pervasive human rights violation of our era—the oppression of women in the developing world—and tell us what we can do about it.

An old Chinese proverb says “Women hold up half the sky.” Then why do the women of Africa and Asia persistently suffer human rights abuses? Continuing their focus on humanitarian issues, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn take us to Africa and Asia, where many women live in profoundly dire circumstances—and some succeed against all odds.

A Cambodian teenager is sold into sex slavery; a formerly illiterate woman becomes a surgeon in Addis Ababa. An Ethiopian woman is left for dead after a difficult birth; a gang rape victim galvanizes the international community and creates schools in Pakistan. An Afghan wife is beaten by her husband and mother-in-law; a former Peace Corps volunteer founds an organization that educates and campaigns for women’s rights in Senegal.

Through their powerful true stories, the authors show that the key to progress lies in unleashing women’s potential, that change is possible, and that each of us can play a role in making it happen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Urgent…Passionate…Compelling…Half the Sky is a grab-the-reader-by-the-lapels wake-up call.”

    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.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “The most important book of the year…Half the Sky is the kind of book that could change the course of history.”

    Huffington Post

  • Half the Sky is a passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to rise up and say ‘No more!’ to the seventeenth-century abuses to girls and women in the twenty-first-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

  • “Vitally important…Heartbreaking, galvanizing, and unforgettable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Intelligent, revealing, and important.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With her soothing delivery, actress/narrator Cassandra Campbell avoids sensationalizing this already dramatic material, whose accounts of gang rape, forced prostitution, and childbirth injuries make for painful but essential adult listening.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • 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. It provides us with a list of individual hospitals, schools, and small charities so that we can contribute to, or at least inform ourselves about, this largely unknown world. I really do think this is one of the most important books I have ever reviewed. I may be wrong, but I don’t think so.”

    Washington Post

  • “This gripping call to conscience…tackles atrocities and indignities from sex trafficking to maternal mortality, from obstetric fistulas to acid attacks, and absorbing the fusillade of horrors can feel like an assault of its own. But the poignant portraits of survivors humanize the issues, divulging facts that moral outrage might otherwise eclipse.”

    New York Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year
  • A 2009 Washington Post Top 10 Book
  • A 2009 Publishers Weekly Top 100 Book
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2010 Helen Bernstein Book Award Finalist for Excellence in Journalism
  • A 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interest

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 2/19/2014

    " Nicholas Kristof does an extraordinary job of bringing to light the heartbreaking personal stories common to so many women and girls around the world. The vast quantity and depth of objective misery presented here can be overwhelming, but gratefully, Kristof balances this with stories of hope, and profiles of practical solutions. What impresses me about Kristof, is the line he walks between personal compassion and advocacy, and journalistic integrity and objective analysis. I have become convinced, largely through Kristof's work, that the key to alleviating social injustice and extreme poverty in the developing world, is the the liberation, education, and empowerment of women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cynthia Hunsperger | 2/10/2014

    " This book really opened my eyes the the plight of women around the world. While informative and often difficult to read (emotionally), it left me with a sense of optimism and a desire to help. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Peggy Strack | 2/7/2014

    " This is a very disturbing book about how women are treated in various parts of the world. I almost became desensitized to word, "rape," it was used so often. Some of the descriptions are violent and graphic. The sad and scary part is it's true. An important read to become aware of the injustice in the world, but certainly not pleasant. I found myself frustrated because there isn't very much that I can do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lesley Cheung | 2/4/2014

    " wow. this is one of the most inspiring books i've ever read - highly recommended. "

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