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A ferociously intimate memoir by a devout woman from a modest family in Saudi Arabia who became the unexpected leader of a courageous movement to support women's right to drive.

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca the second daughter of a taxi driver, born the year fundamentalism took hold. In her adolescence she was a religious radical, melting her brother's boy band cassettes in the oven because music was haram: forbidden by Islamic law. But what a difference an education can make. By her 20s she was a computer security engineer, one of few women working in a desert compound that resembled suburban America. That's when the Saudi kingdom's contradictions became too much to bear: She was labeled a slut for chatting with male colleagues, her teenage brother chaperoned her on a business trip, and while she kept a car in her garage, she was forbidden from driving down city streets behind the wheel.

Daring to Drive is the fiercely intimate memoir of an accidental activist, a powerfully vivid story of a young Muslim woman who stood up to a kingdom of men - and won. Writing on the cusp of history, Manal offers a rare glimpse into the lives of women in Saudi Arabia today. Her memoir is a remarkable celebration of resilience in the face of tyranny, the extraordinary power of education and female solidarity, and the difficulties, absurdities, and joys of making your voice heard.

©2017 Manal al-Sharif (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Favorite book for 2017

Beautifully written, educational, and quite moving! Best book I have read and listened to in 2017! Please do read/listen. Well done! KHS

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The rain begins with a single drop

Although I'm a female Saudi and often subjected to the same injustice as Manal; listening to this book made me cringe in disgust every time she's been mistreated and violated.

I'm forever grateful for what she's done and I do believe that rain begins with a single drop. As of today, the campaign #stopEnslavingSaudiWomen has completed 360 days and the level of awareness and normalization of women's rights have never been this positive. Thank you, Manal.

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Amazing Story

Heartbreaking and frustrating to learn about the struggles of Saudi women, but an incredible story of courage. It is difficult as a Westerner to even fathom that there are women in THIS CURRENT TIME whose lives are so completely different from our own. Also a cautionary tale of how easily groups of people can be deprived of their human rights in the name of religion, culture, fear.... I found this book very moving and inspiring. The narrator does an amazing job. I will be celebrating June 24, 2018!!!!

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Remarkable

It is amazing that this is the first time I've heard this story. It was truly eye opening. Unbelievable to think that women are still...in 2018... fighting for basic rights. The story was very rich with detail. In some cases too much detail. In some cases not enough detail. For instance the author writes in detail about her relationship with her siblings as a child but we don't see what happens to that relationship. Particularly with her sister as she gets older. She gives us great insight in the Saudi culture and traditions.

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Beautiful and righteous

Should be a must read for EVERY woman. This is an eye opener into Saudi culture. Her bravery is inspiring.

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The story of Women living in Saudi Arabia

I enjoyed reading about Manal's struggles living in a society that does not respect women. Not allowing women to drive is just one of the problems that women and girls face in Saudi Arabia. I see a revolution or an enlightened leader in the future of this nation. The system won't survive otherwise.

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Thank you for writing this book Manal al-Sharif

loved this book! I now have a better idea of the way Saudi women see the world. Beautifully written.

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One of the most inspirational books I have ever read

I cannot describe how much I admire Manal AlSharif. Her courage, honesty and sacrifices are helping to create progress in a backwards country whose cruel laws and customs serve to denigrate women, as well as exclude them from numerous important sectors of society. Thank you, Manal, For your bravery. You have inspired me and my daughters, not to mention the girls and women of Saudi Arabia.

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Enlightening Story

Interesting to hear how hard women are fighting in other countries for things we are given as birth rights. I applaud these women for continuing to fight for a better world. The balance is off to many men in power and not enough women.

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Inspiring, suspenseful look inside Saudi Arabia

Gripping and fascinating story of the terrible restrictions on Saudi women today, and how one woman found the courage to push for change.