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Wangari Maathai
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Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya, in 1940. She is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which, through networks of rural women, has planted 40 million trees across Kenya since 1977. In 2002, she was elected to Kenya’s Parliament in the first free elections in a generation, and in 2003, she was appointed Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, a post she held until 2007, when she left the government. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2004, Matthai has been honored around the world for her work, including a recent  appointment to the Legion d’Honneur by France and the Order of the Rising Sun by Japan. She is the author of two previous books: The Green Belt Movement and Unbowed, a memoir, and she regularly speaks to organizations around the world. Maathai has three grown children and lives and works in Nairobi.

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The Challenge for Africa

Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: eBook
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $13.99

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The Challenge for Africa

Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $15.95

The troubles of Africa today are severe and wide-ranging. Yet, too often, they are portrayed by the media in extreme terms connoting poverty, dependence, and desperation. Here Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on these challenges, even as she... Read more >
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The Challenge for Africa

Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $25.00

Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement, offers a refreshingly unique perspective on the challenges facing Africa, even as she calls for a moral revolution among Africans themselves, who, she argues, are culturally deracinated, adrift between worlds.

The troubles of Africa today are severe and wide-ranging... Read more >
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Replenishing the Earth
Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World
Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $13.00

An impassioned call to heal the wounds of our planet and ourselves through the tenets of our spiritual traditions, from a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Despite dire warnings and escalating concern over the state of our planet, many people feel out of touch with the natural world. Nobel laureate... Read more >
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Replenishing the Earth
Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World
Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: eBook
Publisher: Image
On Sale: September 14, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Unbowed
A Memoir
Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $16.00

In Unbowed, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. When Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, focused on the empowerment of women, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through... Read more >
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Unbowed
A Memoir
Written by Wangari Maathai


Format: eBook, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 12, 2008
Price: $11.99

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