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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; First Trade Paper Edition edition (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053594
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I can't imagine a more perfect book for arousing the power of American women (or women and men everywhere) to rush to the defense of our Congolese sisters. Lisa Shannon, runner extraordinaire, has with this forthright and readable book, crossed the finish line into the way of life the remainder of our time on this planet demands: she has entered the land of courage, compassion, and a fierce determination to stand by those who need us, where everyone understands they must be--our lives depend on it--a citizen of the world. -Alice Walker "While reporting for the Oprah Show , I called the Democratic Republic of the Congo the 'worst place on earth.' When Lisa Shannon saw my report, rather than turn her back, she took it on. Her commitment to the victims of one of the world's greatest tragedies exemplifies the best in humanity. Her powerful story is an inspiration to all of those who think their voice is too small to change lives." -Lisa Ling, journalist "Congo is usually portrayed as hopeless and its women as victims. Lisa Shannon shines a spotlight on the hope that emanates so stubbornly from this complex country, primarily through her loving portrayal of her Congolese sisters. Instead of victims, these women are determined survivors, three-dimensional human beings who deserve our respect and solidarity." -John Prendergast, co-founder of The Enough Project, and co-author of Not On Our Watch with Don Cheadle "As global consumers we all share some responsibility for the tragedy in the Congo. Lisa Shannon's riveting, personal narrative lays bare the human cost of that relationship, through a personal journey like no other into the heart of the Congo." -Robin Wright, actress and activist "I wish that every woman and man in America were as stirred to outrage and action as Lisa Shannon by what is happening in today's Congo. In her heartfelt and very personal way, she shines some light on a place of great suffering that the world has too long ignored." -Adam Hochschild, author, iKing Leopold's Ghost and iBury the Chains --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Louise Jolly TOP 100 REVIEWER on Jan. 20 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is said that the "worst place on earth to be a woman" is in the Congo and after reading A Thousand Sisters you'll have a complete understanding of why.

The degrading, humiliating, shocking and tortuous rapes the women of Congo are forced to suffer through is utterly devastating. These women are often left with a life-long issue of leaking urine or feces from being raped with anything from a broken bottle to a piece of wood to the rifle end of a gun.

A lot of these woman end up pregnant and/or with HIV. Can you imagine for one moment being forced to love and raise a child born under these conditions? Yes, the child itself is the innocent party and didn't ask to be born and deserves the same chance at life and love as anyone else, but oh what a horrendous reminder for the mother.

Lisa Shannon saw a short piece on the Oprah show about these women and was incensed and propelled into action. She felt she just HAD to do something to help these women. She raised money to sponsor Congolese Women beginning with ONE SOLO 30-Mile Run, and then went on to found a national organization called: "Run for Congo Women". This book chronicles her journey to the Congo to meet the very women her run sponsored. The stories the women of the Congo share with her are nothing short of horrific.

Lisa Shannon is one brave woman who had the courage to reach out and help a society of women that no one else knew about or didn't want to help. I applaud you Ms. Shannon for what you have done and are continuing to do.
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This book did not live up to expectations given the rave reviews by others. If you want to know about what is really happening to women in Congo, look elsewhere. If you'd like a story about an American women running around asking strangers to describe their rapes and retraumatizing victims while giving her opinion on everything from the weather to how great she thinks she is, well this is your book. Think Bridget Jones meets Dr.Livingston. While I understand what she is trying to do, the author misses her chance to do something great with this book. I finished reading it, but only after reminding myself over and over that I can't review books until I've read every page. Skip this book and donate your money to a worthwhile cause serving the women in Congo instead.
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'..The author tries really hard to stay very true to the story. You can watch her thought patterns changing throughout, as if she pulled from a journal all the way along, instead of seeing the whole experience through the light of how she felt at the end of it. You get to feel the highs and lows, be what they may, with her along the way. You can tell she has taken direct quotations form video and transcripts to stay true to the people, in their own words, not a paraphrase of them. She allows you room for your interpretation while sharing hers.

Along the way she gives a lot of history and insight into the conflict, and information on what the organization Women to Women, and her cause running for the congo are about. She tells their story, while also telling hers'.

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