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Three Cups of Tea : One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations One School at a Time Author:Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin The inspiring account of one mans campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti- American reaches of Asia — In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistans Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in ... more »and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our timeGreg Mortensons one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban. Award-winning journalist David Oliver Relin has collaborated on this spellbinding account of Mortensons incredible accomplishments in a region where Americans are often feared and hated. In pursuit of his goal, Mortenson has survived kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, repeated death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself. At last count, his Central Asia Institute had built fifty-five schools. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the worldone school at a time.« less
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I was pleasantly surprised at how moving and attention-getting this book was, especially in light of recent political events. I must say that in terms of politics, it left me a bit unsatisfied. Perhaps "apolitical" is the best way to describe it. It's neither left nor right, conservative nor liberal. I found parts I agreed with and cheered the author on, and parts that made me shake my head and wonder at his sanity. Regardless, it's a touching story, if a little slow-moving at times.
Anne A. (upbookgirl) reviewed Three Cups of Tea : One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time on
Helpful Score: 16
This is a wonderful book! It gives a different point of view on the current issues in the Middle East than what we usually see in the media as well as tackling issues of education, globalization, religion, and culture. I read it for a school project; it was engaging, interesting, and a great read, even if read for fun!
ringojumpy - , reviewed Three Cups of Tea : One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time on
Helpful Score: 14
Excellent story of a mountain climber and how his near death experience leads him to build schools for poor, isolated Muslim children. In light of the world in which we now find ourselves living and the misunderstandings between the Western world and the Muslim world, quite an inspiring story. As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, the vivid descriptions of "moutain life" brought back to me my own wxperiences in Morocco in the mid-1980s. Buy the book, give the book, support the author's programs.
"Three Cups of Tea" is an incredibly inspiring book that proves even one simple person can make a difference. The book transports you right along with Mortenson to the small villages he visits in Pakistan and Afghanistan and introduces you to the many tribes, their leaders and children. Reading this book is a lesson in human compassion and understanding which is exactly what we need now. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Elaine P. reviewed Three Cups of Tea : One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
That Greg Mortenson has accomplished what he has in the Middle East is nothing short of extraordinary and his is a compelling story, which was hard to put down. However, Mr. Mortenson and his journalist coauthor lost my respect when they started America-bashing, as though the United States is singlehandedly responsible for all the problems in this third world country and should keep pouring money into Pakistan. I see no reason why their liberal-leaning political views had to enter into this story at all except that they wanted to get their licks in. Education is a big part of the answer, but it's naive to think that it's all of it.
Carol M. (foodislove) reviewed Three Cups of Tea : One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time on
I read Three Cups of Tea after A Thousand Splendid Suns. For a humanitarian book about the importance of educating girls, it has lots of manly adventures: climbing K2, negotiating with Taliban thugs and tribal kidnappers, navigating corruption and outright thievery. Something for everyone--it will change the way you think of the Muslim world.
Susan H. reviewed Three Cups of Tea : One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time on
You have to remind yourself it is a true story, one man made and making a real difference by just getting on with it. A book which teaches the reader a little bit about another country/religion/way of seeing life. I love that in a book, I enjoy broadening my knowledge while enjoying a good story.