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Kristof, WuDunn and 'The Cause Of Our Century'

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumSep 19, 2009 12:26 AM


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Last night I had the pleasure of listening to Nicholas Kristof speak to a packed auditorium here at Duke about

'the cause of our century

': The plight of women around the world. In one of the most moving and inspirational public lectures I've heard, Kristof shared stories from the new book he composed with his wife Sheryl WuDunn called Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Copies were already sold out before I could purchase one, but based on his words, I cannot wait to read what sounds like an extraordinary book. I'm sure I'll have more to say once I get started, but in the mean time, here's a glimpse of the review from The Washington Post:

"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.

Read the full review here.

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