Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s autobiography was published Tuesday, detailing her campaign against the Taliban for women’s education. The book’s release comes amid speculation that she may become the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to be announced Friday.
Co-written with British journalist Christina Lamb, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” recounts the 16-year-old’s terror as two gunmen boarded her school bus last October in Swat, Pakistan, and shot her in the head.
"My friends say he fired three shots, one after another," she writes.
The autobiography talks about Yousafzai’s life as an activist under the Taliban’s brutal rule in northwestern Pakistan in the mid-2000s, when the group banned female education and bombed local schools. The book also hints at her ambition to enter Pakistani politics, and talks about her father’s brief flirtation with Islamic fundamentalism as a youngster.
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