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A mighty heart : the brave life and death of my husband Danny Pearl
Pearl, Mariane.
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New York : Scribner, [2003]

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278 pages ; 24 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.4 15.0 74908.
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PN4874.P37 P43 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
PN4874.P37 P43 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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In A Mighty Heart, an astonishingly courageous woman tells the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband's life and death. For five weeks the world watched and worried about Danny Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. And then came the news of his shocking and brutal murder. Danny's reasons for being in Karachi, the complete story of his abduction, and the intense effort to find him are told here for the first time.Mariane and Danny Pearl were working in South Asia, as they had been elsewhere in the world, because they believed that good reporting is essential to our understanding of ethnic and religious conflict around the globe. They knew the risks inherent in the life they chose and took conscientious precautions.The courage of Danny and Mariane is extraordinary, yet we are dependent on brave journalists everywhere to produce news coverage that educates us. There are many mighty hearts in the Pearl story, many brave people who helped Mariane in her search for her abducted husband. This account is riveting, illuminating, and heartbreaking. We learn, through the urgent tracing of Danny's last movements, about the terrorists' methods, ideologies, and ruthless violence. As soon as Pearl was discovered missing, a global effort began to locate him and identify his captors -- a race against the clock that spanned the dangerous fissures of culture and politics and language that separate Islamic terrorists and America.Only one person can tell this story: Danny Pearl's wife, Mariane, for it was she who initiated and helped direct the urgent search for her husband and she who can paint a moving portrait of a marriage built on the ideals of truth, justice, and love. Intensely suspenseful despite the known outcome, uplifting at the last, A Mighty Heart is essential reading for our time.

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Booklist Review

On January 23, 2002, Danny Pearl, the South Asia bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal stationed in Pakistan, left his Karachi home to go to some meetings. It was the last time his wife, fellow journalist Mariane, saw him alive. Abducted by people who identified themselves as Pakistani militants (others claimed they were Muslim terrorists linked to al-Qaeda) and who accused the reporter of working secretly for the CIA, Pearl was held prisoner and eventually murdered. This memoir, written by his widow, begins the morning of his abduction and takes us through the confirmation of his abduction, the efforts to free him, and his assassination. It's the story of Danny Pearl, a man who "gave his all to everything he did," a creative and ambitious reporter who knew all the risks and took them anyway--not because he was foolhardy, or even brave, but because it's what a journalist does. Plenty of words have been written about the Pearl abduction, but these are by far the most personal and most poignant. --David Pitt Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002, his very pregnant wife, Mariane, was left to try to manage the search effort. In this memoir of the month between Pearl's kidnapping and news of his death, she is unflinching, revealing every emotional detail with such honesty that to call the book heart-wrenching is to minimize its power. A journalist herself, Mariane is adept at detail and pacing, letting the events unfold as they happened, complete with their frustrating dead-ends and the tangle of Karachi's bureaucracy. She weaves in memories and thoughts about Danny, which give the book a keen poignancy. She describes how they first met at a party of her mother's, where he looked like "an elegant extra-terrestrial casting a delighted but somewhat perplexed glance at the earthly specimens." Later, after they were married and Mariane got pregnant, he would lean close to her growing belly and talk to the baby in a made-up language he was sure the baby would learn post-birth. After the kidnapping, as she searched his computer for clues, Mariane stumbled upon quirky lists he made, like "Things I Love About Mariane." Such insight into Pearl's personality make the tragedy of his death even sharper. As Mariane deals with his murder and faces the birth of their son alone, she acts with the same sincerity and grace that brought her through the ordeal of the kidnapping. It's not difficult to see why, on the list of things he loved about her, Pearl included: "Has incredible ability to see herself and others with clear perspective." (Sept. 30) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In January 2002, Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan, while working on a story about the Islamic militant underground. Claiming that Pearl was a CIA agent and then that he was working for the Mossad (Pearl was Jewish, his parents Israeli), his captors made extravagant demands of, and threats to, the U.S. government. Meanwhile, his pregnant wife, Mariane, their friends and colleagues, and a global team worked nonstop to try and save him. Their attempts, of course, failed: the terrorists brutally executed Pearl on videotape. Mariane renders the hours and days of her husband's abduction with stomach-churning intensity, and the aftermath with an equally compelling mix of anguish and determination. Although some readers may struggle with the timeline and large cast of characters-the subtitle, too, could mislead one to think this is a biography-Mariane, a French citizen and a journalist in her own right, contextualizes her husband's murder and provides a personal window into a region, a movement, and a political arena about which most Americans know far too little. Closing with uplifting and heart-wrenching letters from people around the world, including schoolchildren, Pakistani citizens, and heads of state, A Mighty Heart should be acquired by all public and academic libraries, particularly those serving students in journalism programs. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/03.]-Terren Ilana Wein, Univ. of Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.