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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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Hard to put into words

I often went home and spoke to my wife about this story. I spoke in astonishment, amazement, and horror about the life and experiences of manal al-sharif. she is an amazing woman who has led an extraordinary life.

but now Sharif gave me a new appreciation and renewed Valor to honor my freedoms my life and my relationships wish my wife and my children.

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  • HarveyH
  • Pataskala, OH USA
  • 09-05-18

A Call for Decency and Respect<br />

Ms. al-Sharif courageously addresses the blatant disregard for women in a religion dominated society. The horrid genital circumcision of young girls nearing puberty; the permission required from a male to travel, obtain a place to live, or obtain a divorce; aspects of control granted even to a widower's son or derelict old father. Ms. al-Sharif's awakening comes in her ability to overcome numerous obstacles in her job in a male dominated though westernized Saudi oil company; through her enjoyment and participation in her child's play at her place of employment in activities otherwise forbidden to girls in Saudi society; and in a year working in the eastern U.S. through friendships she made that included a man from Alabama and a Jewish woman. Followed by her daring to drive, resulting in jail time, where again she demonstrates her humanity through her care and consideration of those in jail with her, women more unfortunate than herself. After the publication of the book, success for Saudi women in being permitted to drive. Much more progress is still to be made.

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Awesome! Eye Opening and Inspirational

This book is a must read for anyone interested in civil rights, women's right's or more broadly human rights. It also gives a nuanced and eye opening account of life for women in Saudi Arabia. I was entertained and educated. Thank you for sharing your story!

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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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  • Swakie
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  • 03-17-18

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.