I love Mary Robinson and I loved her even more after I read and re-read her memoir. Hers is a life blessed with opportunity and the fact that she grabbed every opportunity that came her way makes her even more wonderful because she used her opportunities for the good of people who needed her voice in the public place. As the first woman to be president of the Republic of Ireland, she exercised her compassion and used her influence to further the good of all people. She keeps a light burning in her window for the diaspora; she herself is a light burning for the good of the world.
I have long admired the achievements of Mary Robinson and many years ago was fortunate to attend a speaking engagement at which she spoke. It was inspiring to listen to her discuss her inclusive approach to her role as President of Ireland. Her much-awaited autobiography does not disappoint. I have to discipline myself not to read it all in one sitting, not that you really could as it is charged with detailed analysis and discourse. A truly compelling read.
I found this book inspiring. Mary Robinson describes her journey from quite ordinary beginnings to become the president of Ireland and when that came to its natural conclusion she was able to go on to more inspiring humanitarian work. She also managed to steer a sensible path through the religious conflict in the north. As I have said inspiring!
I could not put the kindle down. Having grown up in Ireland in the seventies, the book made sense for me of a lot of political and social events of the time. Mary is an inspiration to women of Irish origin. I loved the story of her life from childhood and the gradual awakening of her social consciousness. The affect of her family, the church and her education on her development was very interesting. The balancing act of family and politics was very real and her progression from Irish politics into European politics and into the work of the UN and social justice was amazing. I would recommend this book to others and particularly people of Irish origin.
I read this book with my book group. We were all impressed with Robinson, and couldn't believe that we hadn't heard of her before. We could only blame US media for that lack, as we're all politically active, and aware. She is now right up there with women I most admire. Her work on climate justice is so important. You go, Mary Robinson!
Dr. T. J. Hannan says: Mary Robinson is a true Clarissa Pinkola Estes "Woman who runs with wolves". Her lair minder Nick has also allowed the wonderful woman be a true example that "Everybody matters". He literary "almost destruction" of UN internal politics confirms the dysfunctional nature of this organisation and its lack of "unitedness" and where NOT everybody matters. I particularly enjoyed the application of her core principals in "Everybody Matters" as this was very relevant to work I was involved in that was to manage the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. In fact I thought she may have even "touched" these programs in Kenya (AMPATH) and other African locations (OpenMRS). A core aim of these programs id the "Everybody Matters" and to inculcate hope and self sustaining sufficiency and reduce the brain drain. Nick, Mary's husband needs acknowledgement for his role of allowing Mary to be herself. This book gives me and I other HOPE.
A wonderful book, by an exceptional Stateswoman. Mary Robinson changed Aras an Uachtarainn from a retirement-home for has-been political hacks into a meaningful political institution. And her work at the UNHCR, although she did not succeed in changing the culture, was courageous and principled
It was an interesting, incisive, informative and challenging book. The author writes in a clear, open, honest and compassionate way and was equally critical of her own mistakes as well as the mistakes made by others.
She is a public figure to be admired as an advocate for human rights, who was prepared to take on issues that many political leaders sought to avoid.