A Mighty Heart Movie Tie-In: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl

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On 9/11 Daniel and Mariane Pearl were in northern India where Mariane was writing a story for French Radio. They moved to Karachi in the fall so that Danny could cover terrorist stories in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and they lived in a house with another Wall Street journal reporter, Asra Nomani. It was from this house that the investigation into Danny's kidnapping was run. Mariane was a crucial member of the investigative team, solely responsible for negotiating unprecedented cooperation between the FBI and Pakistani intelligence. This is at once a story of astonishing courage and fiercely suspenseful drama - because even though we know Danny died, it is clear that as little as one more day might have been all that was needed to find him. 'We could have saved him,' is the thought that will be going through the heads of many listeners. The difference between Danny and other 9/11 victims and its aftermath is that he was chosen as a victim - individual to individual. This story tells us both who he was and what he stands for. This audio book is extraordinarily moving and powerful, not least because of the profound love affair between Mariane and Danny that resonates throughout.

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Most people were unfamiliar with Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl before his kidnapping and murder in Pakistan. In A Mighty Heart, his widow Mariane introduces us to Danny as he was when he was alive while also providing a heart-breaking first person account of his disappearance and death. There are plenty of endearing details about Danny--his insistence on moving his favorite Barcalounger with him around the world, his love of playing mandolin, his private conversations with his unborn son--but the more remarkable portrait that emerges is one of extraordinary bravery. Danny placed himself in post-9/11 Pakistan, realizing full well that region's inherent dangers, because of his courageous dedication to getting the truth about attempted shoe bomber Richard Reid and other terrorist activity. When he is kidnapped and pictures are e-mailed to his wife, she notices that he's slyly showing the peace or victory sign with one hand and flipping the kidnappers off with the other. And while clues to his fate are still being pieced together, Mariane's story, until now, has not been widely told. Realizing Danny has been abducted, she must navigate underworld politics, the international spotlight, and her own shattered nerves in a race against time to save her husband. Along the way, with the broad array of people and agencies assisting the cause, clues are gathered about the kidnappers' identity and the intricate machinations of the international terrorist community. When his fate is finally learned, the spotlight does not abate even as she is devastated and awaiting the couple's first child. Mariane Pearl's candor is remarkable and her courage, along with that of her late husband, serve to make A Mighty Heart, despite Danny Pearl's death, an uplifting story. --John Moe

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Mariane Pearl is an award-winning documentary film director who produced and hosted a daily radio show for Radio France Internationale and has written for Télérama. She lives in New York.

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