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The Favored Daughter

One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan Into the Future

Koofi, Fawzia, 1975-

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Favored Daughter
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The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, the author was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose above her fate to becoming the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a series of poignant letters she wrote to her two daughters before each political trip, letters describing the future and freedoms she dreamed of for them and for all the women of Afghanistan. Today, she is one of the most outspoken critics of human rights violations against Afghani women and children and uses her influence to bring global attention to the situation on the ground in Afghanistan, even as a frustrated American military considers relinquishing it to the Taliban. Her story movingly captures the political and cultural moment in Afghanistan, a country caught between the hope of progress and the bitterness of history. -- Provided by publisher.
Published: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 0230120679
9780230120679
Branch Call Number: 328.581 KOO
Characteristics: vi, 266 p. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ghouri, Nadene 1975-

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Sep 13, 2013
  • NatalieArneson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a MUST read. A truly remarkable woman who risks her life every day to bring justice to the people of her country.

This book is essentially the same as Letters to my Daughters by the same author. A very worthwhile read if you are interested in the conditions for women in Afghanistan and the recent history of this country.

was on daily Show and she came across heroically -- let us all know how book is

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