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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
Three Cups of Tea One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time
Author: Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
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ISBN-13: 9780143038252
ISBN-10: 0143038257
Publication Date: 1/30/2007
Pages: 349
Edition: Reprint
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  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 1427 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 19
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.
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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!
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Helpful Score: 14
"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.
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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.
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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.
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Helpful Score: 9
While this isn't a great literary work, it is a story that deserves to be told and Greg Mortenson is a person that deserved to be honored. His work in Pakistan and Afghanistan has given the gift of education and respect to children, women and communities in a part of the world many care to know little about. I'm glad that there are Greg's in the world to carry out the good intentions that many of us have.
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Helpful Score: 9
I must be one of a small handful of people on earth who disliked this book. Slow-moving. Uninspiring.
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Helpful Score: 8
Once involved in this region, Mortenson is tireless. His creativity and willingness to accept that other cultures interact differently make this a very interesting read.
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Helpful Score: 6
This book is amazing. I would keep it but I think as many people should have a chance to read this book as possible. I can sum it up in the tag line "One man's mission to promote peace..." I think people should start looking at the good in people rather than the bad and do what they can to promote education so that we don't have the ignorance prevalent today that leads to wars and prejudice.
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Helpful Score: 5
I found it hard to finish this book. I really tried to read the whole thing, but it was almost painful to read. I think what Greg Mortenson has done in Pakistan is remarkable, but the story is very slow moving.
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Helpful Score: 5
When I first read this book, I was greatly moved by Greg Mortenson's account of his apparently heroic efforts to bring desperately needed basic education to many of Afghanistan's most deprived children. A few years ago, I learned that several people with an intimate knowledge of Mr. Mortenson, his foundation, and the realities of Afghanistan had challenged his veracity in large part. I may be wrong, but I came to the conclusion that, at the least, Mortenson's story is highly suspect. According to in-depth news accounts of his foundation's financial dealings, there are also very serious questions as to possible malfeasance. Given all of this, I would not recommend that anyone read this book with the knowledge that it is wholly honest.
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Helpful Score: 5
Would have been great had it been true. Mortenson turned out to be a shiester of the worst sort. Raised money for a good cause but pocketed it, built SOME buildings but didn't follow through with the funds or personnel to accomplish the original goal.
He was a con.
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Helpful Score: 4
While I found most of this book interesting, I was not moved by it. There were several times I was angry with Mortenson. He left his children for months at a time, year after year, to care for other people's children instead. Even when he was home, he would hardly spend a single night with his family before going away on speaking engagements. He continually accepted an income hardly above poverty level so there would be more money for the Muslim children; what was his family living on? If he's absent and his wife needs a full-time job to survive, who's caring for the little ones? I seriously feel sorry for his kids. I also did not like the political heavy-handedness at the end of the book, or the blatant appeal for money. It made me feel the entire book was written simply as a fund-raiser, which it well may have been. I made myself read it to the end, but I was not happy when I got there.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is the story of an amazing man and how one person can make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of people by following the guidance of his heart. Throughout the book and as I finished it I kept asking myself "What little thing can I do to change lives for the better?" I believe I have become more generous and compassionate as a result of reading this book. It is well written and reads like an adventure story (and that it is!). I would think young people would find this book inspiring and interesting, too.
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Helpful Score: 3
The true story of a real American hero; a contemporary adventure story of one man's work in Pakistan and Afganistan building elementary schools for some of the world's poorest peoples, vanquished by decades of war and neglect; the best example of how to fight terror and repair damage done to these people--and to America's global reputation--by the Iraq war and the post-war abandonment of Afganistan. Keep this book in circulation!
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Helpful Score: 3
I highly recommend this book. The story of Greg Mortenson is amazing and inspiring. His understanding and acceptance of a totally different culture serves as an example to be more tolerant and open-mided of other cultures, religions and traditions. Only by being educated and cultured can we hope to build bridges with other countries and make world peace a reality. By sharing our vast resources, we can hope to improve other people's futures. A must read!
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is so inspiring! It captures the philanthropic heartbeat that (hopefully) exists in all of us and challenges us to continue to strive to make a difference. It is a wrenching story of a young man's promise to return to a remote Northern Pakistani village to build a school--even though he lacked even the most basic resources himself. It is also a story of how we can buy books instead of bombs and install love--not shock and awe--to make friends around the world.
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Helpful Score: 3
Sharing three cups of tea is the ritual by which a stranger is intimated into the family in Pakistan and Afghanistan -- and how business gets done. Greg Mortenson shows us not only does it takes more than that, but how one person can make a difference with enough determination and perseverance. Originally intending to honor his sister's memory by leaving her bracelet on the summit of K2, a failed mountaineering expedition led Mortenson to a remote Pakistani village and a new promise to honor his sister by building a school. The rest, as they say, is history -- but one of struggle and reward, as Mortenson heads the Central Asian Institute formed to improve conditions in one of the poorest and most hostile regions on earth through education, especially of girls.

Regardless of your politics, Three Cups of Tea is an insightful look at the region where the United States is devoting tremendous resources to a fight against terror. It shows how the people of the region live, how they think, and what they need. Even if you no regard for people living half way across the world, or think it is naive to think education will solve all ills, read it to get a more nuanced view. You'll find moderate Muslim voices and a more realistic account of the civilian costs of warfare. Then decide.

Stylistically, the tone is reverent towards Greg Mortenson. It's unclear why he is a co-author since it is clear he did not do most of the writing. Some chapters are long and slow moving--which resembles how his initial efforts proceeded--but it's the story rather than the words which is most compelling.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a book about an incredible man who makes a promise then keeps it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about real people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This book starts before 9/11 and the author is actually in Pakistan during the horrible days around the tragedy. The sympathy and protection he got from the locals, mostly Muslims, was very much like the outpouring my family received from the people around us in Europe. He also exposes one or two truths about promises not kept by others, including the US in the days after the Afghan war was declared finished so that Iraq could become the focus.

To quote Diane Sawyer, "If we Americans are to learn from our mistakes...we need to listen to Greg Mortenson.

But mostly it's about the promises he kept, and keeps on keeping. The promise to build schools in the isolated villages at the top of the world. Schools that are required to accept not only the boys, but the girls of the village as well.

Greg Mortenson is a hero for today.
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Helpful Score: 3
To be fair, I started reading this book knowing most of it was fabricated, but I wmted to read it before reading Krakauer's "Three Cups of Deceit." Relin is really lost his objectivity in writing this story and the prose suffers for it. Plus the book rambles on regarding cOmpletely irrelevant things such as Greg Mortenson's love life.

Bottom line, message is good but the story is mostly made up and the writing is awful.
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A very inspiring story that proves one person can make a difference. It is not a particularly well written book and is a little choppy, but worth reading.
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I loved this story! The story was inspiring and beautiful. However, I was not fond of the writing style and found the book moved rather slowly, especially in the beginning.
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This book was great! It had action, adventure, and some complex travel narratives. It shines a humanitarian spotlight on educaton and poverty, and taught me more about a part of the world I previously didn't know much about. I'd recommend this book highly. It has inspired me!

I appreciated learning about the nuances of trying to set up secular schools in Pakistan and Afganistan. Greg Mortenson shows what one person with a persistent vision and the doggedness to keep plugging away can accomplish. From an initial solo effort to build one school in a village that helped him recover from a K2 climbing expedition, Moretenson and the Central Asia Institute he helped co-found have a network of schools, community vocational centers and health programs that have educated 80,000 children (boys AND GIRLS) in a remote part of the world that is most often lacking the barest of what the western world would consider life's necessities.

When facing all sorts of odds against him, Mortenson just kept putting one foot in front of the other with compassion and an open heart. He always focused on the children. His passion has helped make my world safer because when parents have a choice about where their children can get an education, far fewer of them send their boys to the Taliban run schools. Fewer Taliban fanatics are being molded. That has to help ensure a safer world.

We should all be thankful to Greg Mortenson. I'm supporting him with a donation to his CAI organization today. Here's a link to the organizations website in case anyone else is inspired to make a donation even before reading the book! https://www.ikat.org/
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I believe that every American should read this incredible story about an American man who has worked tirelessly to build schools for children, especially girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is one of those nonfiction books that reads like a novel. It has adventure, current events, interesting people, and a good dose of inspiration (but not the schmaltzy kind). If I ever doubted that one person can change the world, those doubts have disappeared. It makes me want to do my part to make the world a better place.
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I enjoyed Three Cups of Tea up to the point Greg started to make America the bad guy in the problems of Pakistan and Afghanistan. These countries have been a mess since before Columbus set foot on American soil.

I admire what he has down for Pakistan. And the fact that he went beyond building schools and also built community centers for women to sew in and gave the natives ways to make money. I do feel badly for his children being without their father for such long stretches of time. Time he will never get back. We are not guaranteed tomorrow.

It was an eye opener to read how these people live and have lived for centuries.
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Excellent book! but be careful. If you feel any guilt at all about not being a more giving, generous, dedicated person, this book will either get you out volunteering to better your community within an hour of finishing it, or... just make you feel even more guilty for not giving to others. I guess you could qualify this book as life changing. It's true,and it's excellent.
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This book was excellent! It helped me understand some current events because I was not familiar with the history behind them (i.e. the history of Bin Laden). It was very motivational and provided a real life example of how our differences with the Middle East could be solved through peaceful means. Greg Mortenson's mission is amazing and I highly recommend this read! It is a little tough to get through the beginning, but it is totally worth sticking with it!
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The story is incredible - something everyone should read. The telling is sometimes bogged down by descriptive details.
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At many times while reading this I was very bored. There were parts that were very interesting though. The whole idea of a man who felt compelled to build schools for villages that were in need of education is beautiful!!!!!!!!
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Yawn! This was probably a great story to tell in a bar, but there's just not enough material to draw it out into a full book. I got very tired of reading (endlessly) about how the scenery is indescribable.

Just too much detail, not enough story, I started reading just the first and last paragraphs of each chapter and was following along pretty well. Then I just gave up out of pure boredom.

I think Greg Mortenson is an inspiring guy, but I have a feeling a lot of the rambling nature of this book is due the way he tells the story verbally - and it just doesn't translate onto paper.
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The potential for a wonderful story was there - but the author turned it into a choppy, uninspiring wreck. I trudged through the first half of it, then gave up.
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An amazing chronicle of what good one person can do when determined to make a difference. Well-written, compelling, and develops a larger vision of a part of the world that is mostly unknown to those of us in America. The hopes and dreams of the native Pakistanis that Mortenson works with however, mostly mirror our own.
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One of the best books I've ever read! Couldn't put it down. It made me laugh and it made me cry. It read like a novel--only better because it was real-life action. I first heard of Greg Mortenson when he spoke at my daughter's graduation from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, May 21, 2010. I bought "Three Cups of Tea" that day--now I am looking to acquire the follow-up, "Stones Into Schools" (I hope it is available soon through PBS). This man is my hero!!!
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Can one write a fair review without having finished a book?
Well, I couldn't finish it. Life is too fast...and I am getting so much older. I can't waste time on something that plods and plods, even if most of the reading world praises this book to heaven. I'll bet not a dang thing happened until past a third of the way, and by then, when things started moving--slowly--I said "enough."
He may be a wonderful man, but this book is awful.
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The writing was painful. It surprised me because I had heard such glowing reviews.

It was incredible what the man did and experienced... but it felt more like I was reading a poorly written documentary screen play than an actual book.

I eventually stopped because I couldn't endure the writing any longer.
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I really really wanted to like this book and to not have to give a negative review to a book with its heart in the right place. BUT it took me four attempts before i finally was able to get through it.

It was obviously written by Relin alone and is way too worshipful of Mortenson and the work he has done. There was too much talk about how wonderful a person he is, how deserving he is of the Nobel Peace Prize, etc. He's referred to as a hero at least a few times a chapter and praised non-stop by the people around him. Mortenson's work is enough to show how wonderful he is.

There's also not enough material here for a full-length book. Entire sections feel like padding that do nothing more than get the story to book length. (Pages and pages about nothing made me want to scream!)

It also doesn't help that there's almost nothing here about how the education Mortenson's schools are giving to boys and girls is actually affecting life in their villages -- or if it is. Granted, it's probably too early to see many results, but still...

I really really really wanted to like it. And I did enjoy the last 70 pages or so, but i won't be reading his next book.
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One of the most heartwarming stories I've read in quite some time. This well-written timeline of Greg Mortensen's efforts half a world away to educate children in rural villages is a triumph of human goodness and compassion. The world needs many more people like him.
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I was surprised that some people found this book boring or difficult to read. I found it incredibly interesting. While I could hardly believe the foolish ways in which Greg Mortenson put his life in jeopardy, I could not help but be impressed by all he has accomplished. I will be recommending this book to friends and acquaintances. We certainly need an alternative view of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and a way to build lasting peace. It is very telling that the U.S. military has made this book required reading for commanders in the region.
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I found this book a real struggle to finish. Don't get me wrong, the story of what Greg Mortenson has done is an incredible one, but the writing in this book isn't quite as impressive. I have found the same thing with this book as I have with just about every other book by mountain climbers and that sort (with the exception of Jon Krakauer): it's very evident that it wasn't written by a professional writer. In short, you could probably take away as much from a Wikipedia page as you would from the endless hours of bothering with this book.
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I tried to get into this book, i feel like a bad person for not liking it.. Greg Mortenson is a better person than I will ever be, he devoted his life to helping others, in a way that was not simple - wonderful humanitarian, however every time i picked this book up, after two or three pages, i'd be asleep. i never got into the story or the writing or the people. i just felt like a lot of the words and names of places adn things were so foreign to me, that i had no idea what he was talking about. so i gave up on the book and did not complete it, the rate i was going with this story i'd be reading it for a year. helped me fall asleep fast though!
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I found this story to be uplifting and another proof of humanity in the world beyond our American borders. We, myself included, are fortunate here and throw away money on frivolous things that could pay for the basic necessities in other countries. I think this book helps ground us in a way that we see that there is so much more than ourselves out there.

A few readers did not like the congruency of the story; I personally found it easier to read and more touching than the recent best seller "Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10"... (Another important book to read to understand the world beyond ourselves.) I enjoyed having the photos,as well, so that I could refer to them when I needed to remind myself of the people in the story. Other readers thought the book shouldn't have expressed faint political undertones; I think the book just expressed thoughts of a person living through all of the political unrest that we couldn't imagine experiencing. Mr. Mortenson also brought the people of the country to our eyes; something the media didn't show us as we were bombing the countryside. I don't think the political message to be made is stronger than the story to be told.

If we put ourselves into the shoes of anyone in the book, the Mortenson's or the Pakistani's, we would have an uncomfortable time trying to walk. It was an emotional journey with them. I hope you give it a try!
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While the prose is sometimes overwritten, this story is extremely inspiring. I'm awestruck at the accomplishments by Greg Mortenson that are chronicled here.
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This book gave me a new insight in the lives of Pakistani people and the Muslim culture. Just to think of the lives that one man has touched is astonishing. I was lucky enough to hear him speak while in the midst of reading the book which made it more special. I can not imagine being unable to read or write like many of the people in this country. While I don't know that education will completely win the war on terror, I am aware that if a person has no other avenue of obtaining information, it is very easy to be persuaded that the U.S. and others are evil. That person has no other way of knowing. Education is a powerful tool that we take for granted. I hope that Mr. Mortensen will continue to have success.

Addendum: This book was also a interesting personal story as well as educational.
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I could not finish this book although others have been inspired by it. Its continuous praise of this good man became very boring. Surely Mortenson is human and therefore imperfect. To me he seemed like the Fools step in type ... who could have done much better with his funds if he had thought more logically and planned better and taken more council from his management committee
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I had wanted to read this and waited for time to settle down and get into what i thought would be an interesting true book---then i found out it's not true, the author made it up!! Decided if he is gonna lie to me--even though the concept of the story may be nice--i'm not going to spend my time on it when i could be reading something that is true. If he had called it fiction, then i wouldn't of been offended. It's not nice to lie to Americans about such a soulful subject.. He should be ashamed.
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This is still a great book and idea despite Mortenson's much publicized problems. Good is good and this man did quite a bit more than most of us.
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Yeah, I know there's the controversy about this being fictionalized and Mortenson using donations improperly. I don't care; it's a great book. I got a lot of insight into a part of the world I don't have much knowledge about. It's well written, and has pretty good pacing for a biographical piece.
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Very good read. Nice to think one person can make a difference. Hope it's not fiction.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book for several reasons. First,the historial references and descriptions were great. Secondly, I the story line was continual and always full of unexpected events. The people and locations described were realistic and I could relate to them. Thirdly, the character and personaliy of Greg Mortenson was acceptable and admirable. He truly deserved the respect and credit bestowed on him. Fourthly, I gained a different perspective of the population - the people and their life principles. I think you will enjoy this book.
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A very detail book - I enjoyed it but it is NOT a fast read. Very enlightening regarding the Middle East culture and hardships. Would be a good Book Club book. mkm
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I really enjoyed this book. It's nice to see that people still care about others and want to help. I think I may have found my new charity for this year.
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Being aware of the controversy surrounding the validity of Greg Mortenson's story and how the millions are spent before I read the book made me a sceptic as I read. He truly did live into the culture and treated the people with great respect. I would love to believe his whole story is true, but he did apologize to Tom Brokaw just a few months ago for inconsistencies that were written .
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Interesting but a bit self promoting.
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I enjoyed this pretty story. Overall very uplifting. Its a glimps into Pakistan's society and culture. I agree that education is the long term key to fighting terrorism. Our world is getting smaller and smaller every day and the bigger, richer countries do have a great obligation to elivate poverty in the less fortunate countires. Dr Greg is one of the people on the front lines making this happen.
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This is the review I wrote for the hardcover. I'm trying to post the review for all versions. For this audio, I add: The reader added nothing, just nothing, to the story.
Can one write a fair review without having finished a book?
Well, I couldn't finish it. Life is too fast...and I am getting so much older. I can't waste time on something that plods and plods, even if most of the reading world praises this book to heaven. I'll bet not a dang thing happened until past a third of the way, and by then, when things started moving--slowly--I said "enough."
He may be a wonderful man, but this book is awful.
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One of the best books I have ever read, definitely a must read for everyone!
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Very interesting!!!!! This book will convince you that EDUCATION is the key to creating peace with our middle eastern neighbors.
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"The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his remarkable humanitarian campaign in the Taliban's backyard"
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The true-life events are inspiring. However, I found the book itself very difficult to get through. I thought about abadoning it quite a few times out of boredom.
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It is amazing what this man accomplished.
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An amazing undertaking under the most difficult conditions.
I hope I'm around in 10 years to see whether or not Mr. Mortenson's Herculean efforts have survived and taken fruit.
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Mortenson's narrative in Three Cups of Tea is an enchanting wake-up call in the face of Post-9/11 anti-terrorism initiatives. It's a must read.
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This book definitely proves the adage that one person CAN make a difference. I was not only inspired by the what Greg Mortensen and his group have been able to accomplish; I also learned so much about the rural regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I highly recommend this book!
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An amazing tale that will make you want to be a better person, and leave you wondering what more you can do to help people near and far. This book is a great story on many levels- if you are outdoors-y you will love the tale of mountain climbing and physical challenges. If you enjoy other cultures or languages, this has several! If you want a love story, the tale of Greg Mortenson and Tara Bishop will not disappoint! If you want a harrowing story of overcoming insurmountable obstacles- look no further! And finally, it is a timeless story about doing whatever you can to do what is right, and to be of service to your fellow human beings.
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Great read! I think every world leader should read this book.
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I found this to be an incredibly inspirational book. It's an adventure story--yet so much more. Loved it.
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Fantastic book - fantastic man who was one of many heros in this book. I have recommended this to many of my friends and family...The world would be a better place if more were like Greg mortenson
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Most excellent book!! A life changer.
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This is a great read and this is the time for everyone to read this book. With the Islamiphobia in this country, this is a close up of the true peaceful, Muslim community. Greg Mortenson's work must continue and thrive. Please read this book.
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Amazing, inspiring book.
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Such a powerful and inspirational book! Greg Mortenson's story begins with a personal failure that eventually led to such unimaginable success. It starts out at K2, and the story takes us to areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan and parts of the US as well. With a passion and determination not often seen, Mortenson makes his way through the language and customs of a people that most Americans had never heard of before. The story of his personal struggles (and those of his family) put against the backdrop of an area many people don't know much about other than what is on the nightly news makes his work even more impressive. This is a book that everyone should read, regardless of religion or political affiliation. This insightful book was well-written with personality and feeling that keeps you riveted until the very last page. In the end, this book proves that the "War on Terror" shouldn't be fought with missiles and guns, but rather with books and pencils.
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This book has been proven to be mostly fabricated. Sad. I'm amazed that it's still on the most requested list. Mortenson certainly gives a bad name to charitable causes like this. It makes me wonder about everyone coming along and doing something so incredible - like it's too good to be true. It was.
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Fascinating story. I read it after the controversy came out regarding the believability of the events. I'm familiar with some of the struggles in countries and cultures like this, and though some of the events may not have occurred, I believe that Mortenson did in fact make amazing progress in establishing schools.
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Great story! Dr. Greg never made it up the mountain he was attempting to climb and was nursed back to health by the people who found him in an isolated mountain village in Pakistan. He was forever grateful and vowed to return. He returned again and again and ended up helping his friends build a school for the children of that remote village. His work also took him to other parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan where he helped build schools and encourage girls to get a formal education. I learned a lot about the cultures and people of that region, which was so interesting. After this book I read several other books about that part of the world.
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This is a very inspiring book, chronicling the journey of a determined man to build schools for children in some of the poorest areas in the world, particularly Pakistan. I highly recommend it.
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Very good.
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I read this book in less than a week! I must confess that i went into this book not knowing what to expect and to be honest, a little ignorant about the situation of which this book is based. I was astounded by Mr Mortensen's selflessness and ability to create so much from so little, his work is to be commended. An amazing man and an inspiring read!
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When Greg Mortenson is saved by people in a remote village in the mountains of Pakistan, he vows to build them a school. That is just the beginning of an amazing saga in which we learn some of the incredible steps in both effort and learning that Mortenson had to go through to make his promise a reality.

You get a real feel for the culture and the challenges in that part of the world - and you also learn about his relationships with these people, as well as the people in the US who helped him to achieve this monumental task. While we know that in the end, he did build that school and many, many more, it's suspenseful, intriguing and heartfelt in its message.

I highly recommend this book to just about anyone from teen years through adulthood. It would be a great way for a teenager to learn more about commitment and purpose, as well as break down some of the stereotypes about that part of the world that have been prevalent in the US over the past 10 years. It's also a very satisfying 'read'!
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I am a teacher in a low income area, but nothing that comes close to the poverty and political turmoil in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I truly believe in angels and Greg Mortenson is an angel! his story is amazing and the saga of his years spent in the impoverished areas of those war-torn countries building schools is an inspiration.
The story is sometimes slow moving, but don't let that stop you from reading this book.
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Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if everyone had the desire to help his/her 'fellow man' like Greg Mortenson.
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You must read this book today. Do not wait. Informative - these events have happened in our lifetime and continue to happen as we eat our meals and tend to our daily business. It amazes me that one man has set in motion a worldwide awareness of cultures forgotten and life lessons that we all need to consider. Dr Greg you are a gift from God.
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An amazing read, uplifting despite the bleakness and despair often described throughout the book. At the same time a great book to explore other cultures and get a feel for a different area of the world. Just leave your political and religious views and opinions behind, as the author did, and become a better person for opening up your mind. It's simpler than it seems.
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What a wonderful read and a terrific cause. Enjoyed every page.
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fascinating story of what one person can do to better the world in a von-violent and productive way. He opens the ordinary middle eastern muslim community for us to experience.
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Greg Mortenson should win the Nobel Peace Prize. His story and accomplishments are nothing short of amazing. Risking life and limb for impoverished people-women and girls especially-while in a generally unstable part of the world is a story worth reading. Yes it can be a little slow at parts, but I will make my kids read this book, because it is proof positive that you can do or be anything you put your mind to. Fabulous book!
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It is a good book, but it shows a very... I don't know, I just didn't like it.
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This book had a powerful and compelling message, but the writing was sloppy.
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A must read. So inspiring should be required reading in school.
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I was really surprised how much I liked this book. Deep, poignant, inspiring...
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Greg Mortenson's story is very fascinating, and I learned a LOT about Muslim culture in Pakistan and Afghanistan. But the book could have used a couple more edits to remove material that simply wasn't relevant. The opening chapters in particular aren't very well written. I suggest skimming through the book until you reach his first large-sum donation and heads to Pakistan to start building his first school. If you're not interested by then, you probably won't be.
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Amazing.
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I literally could not put this book down. I'm someone who never tires of reading about other cultures and this book gives you an inside look into one that's so very different than mine.
Greg is an extraordinary man and I'll be reading his new book soon.
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this book is an excellent story about children around the world being helped. also about a man and his family's amazing journey and stride to help families and people every where. I highly suggest it for someone who likes inspiring books!! :)
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Every American should read this book. It's the story of Greg Mortenson, a man whose unsuccessful attempt to climb the world's second highest peak, lead to him building schools all across Pakistan. Mortenson was able to gain respect of and trust in a time when Americans were viewed as enemies throughout the region. This is because he understands that education is the true key to fighting terrorism. The philosophy of his organization, Central Asia Institute, is to educate while still respecting native culture. He is a true hero.
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I found this book hard to read, and many times fell asleep while attempting to do so. It is very slow moving, however what Greg Mortenson has done is amazing, and should be celebrated. I agree by educating women maybe there is a chance the children in their villages will become educated and more worldly, and less influenced by people who tend to try to do their thinking for them.
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This was an amazing story about Greg Mortenson, a hero of our time, if there ever was one. He pursued his dream of beginning schools in remote, Taliban infested areas, with great success. It's a story of tenacity and courage, a great read.
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In regards to structure, this is not the best written book. The beginning is burdensome and the ending is nonexistent and laborious to read.

The story itself was inspiring. The message is true; the war on terror is going to be won with books, not weapons. Now, I am a diehard supporter of our troops and never dare undermined the awesome sacrifices they have made for our country. I am not a tree hugging hippie one bit. For me to say the sentence in the begging of this paragraph is a true testament towards the book.

You know, even in my weak moments, I found myself viewing the Muslim religion in a negative light after 9/11. Well, that light is now shut off. I now think of Jahan completing her studies to become a doctor with her village support after her grandfather's dream of a school for girls was realize. The book made me realize no educated person wants to become a terrorist. "The enemy is ignorance."
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the book was very good but I felt the writing was too slow... some details that were written wasn't needed or important to the book. However, I am impressed and glad that the world have someone like Greg Mortenson and many others who have helped this journey on building one school at a time for those who really needed our help.
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This is a book every US foreign embassy official should read, and all of us who are interested in how the US treats our "enemies" (sometimes former "friends"). Greg Mortenson is my new hero, and much of what I learned is a reiteration of what the US did back in the VietNam War era, with the same mistakes being made. I know, I spent three years in VietNam, getting to know the people and serving them at a mission hospital. READ this book! Jeannie, Elkhart, IN
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interesting man doing wonderful things. a must-read.
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This was a very interesting book. I haven't ever read anything like it. I am an educator so the concept intrigued me. I feel like it is a difficult subject yet an enjoyable book to read. If there were only more people in the world like Dr. Greg the world would be a safe place.
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Well this took awhile to get through. Not exactly the genre I usually read but being in education felt it was time to expand my horizons. It was slow at times, I felt I needed a family tree of sorts to keep everyone organized as to who and what they were each doing. Indeed I do agree with the premise, if you educate a nation they will understand and appreciate when they are being mislead. I wonder if Mortensons children are getting as much attention as his cause. His wife is very understanding but I was hoping, based on their meeting place that she was much more involved in his cause than just supporting him. I like the message that only a small portion of Muslims are the cause of so many issues, yet I wonder if it is such a small portion why is the US spending so much? I think our testosterone got the best of us in this political issue. Anyway it is worth reading and working through but not a read for the beach in the summer!
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The most important book an American citizen can read in the post 9/11 era. A wonderful story of how we can, truly make a positive impact in the world.
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Greg Mortenson failed to climb K2. When he became lost, he wandered into a small village. The people there took him in and cared for hi. He vowed to build a school for them. This began a life journey to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is an inspiring book, but could be shorter and less bogged down with details.
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This is an amazing testament to the power of determination, and an inability to accept 'no'. It is an entertaining read that details the inspirational story of one man who, upon accidentally landing in a remote Pakistani border town high in the mountains, promises to build the town a school in gratitude for the town's having nursed him back to health and welcomed him. Would that we all had this attitude and imagine the results if we did...
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Great book, very educational and inspiring. I learned a lot about that region and its people. Everyone should read this book!
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Well-written and captivating story of Greg Mortenson who has made a huge difference in the lives of villagers in Pakistand and Iraq. Gives a glimpses at the volatile issues and societal pressures of the area.
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This is an amazing book which I have read and re-read. It is truly a testament to the power of the individual - what one person can accomplish if they are persistent and determined to make a difference. Our politicians in D.C. should all read this book.
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This is the review I wrote for the hardcover. For this audio, I add: The reader added nothing, just nothing, to the story.
Can one write a fair review without having finished a book?
Well, I couldn't finish it. Life is too fast...and I am getting so much older. I can't waste time on something that plods and plods, even if most of the reading world praises this book to heaven. I'll bet not a dang thing happened until past a third of the way, and by then, when things started moving--slowly--I said "enough."
He may be a wonderful man, but this book is awful.
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Wonderful, incredible story. Keeps your interest all the way through. Changed my views on a lot of things. Loved it!
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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.
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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.
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Very interesting, fact-filled, touching, and amazingly true. Gives great insight into the Afghani/Pakistani culture and people, and shows how one single person has forged bonds and made a difference in the world. It starts out slowly, but what it lacks in readability it makes up for in power. Dare to read this with an open mind.
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Have you ever wanted to do the right thing? Have you ever wondered what charity might benefit from your contribution? Have you ever been so inspired by a book's story that you wrote out a check the same day you finished reading it?
Greg Mortenson is a true hero - and I don't use the word lightly. This book gives a first hand account of the lives of modern-day Pakistanis and Afghanis - real live people. Women and children and families - just like you and me except they live in an incredibly rugged, impoverished area where education is not a right, but a luxury. In a non-sectarian, non-judgmental manner, Mr. Mortenson (through a co-author) explains his life goal of building schools for the children of these nations. He faces incredible obstacles and yet succeeds. His motivation is to offer an alternative to the violence espoused by the extremist Islamic branches - the Taliban and Al Queada. By learning history and algebra and physics, these children have an opportunity to become engineers and doctors, rather than jihadists and suicide bombers. I have been educated and amazed, you may be too.
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If every American read this book...there would be no need for war. If every American took to heart this message...OUR lives would change so dramatically for the better!

I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. I have never read another book that expressed more accurately what it is truly like to be..to be...to be without. To be rich beyond words and have no material comforts to speak of. Everything herein rang unequivically genuine.

I think the writing style was engaging...and sometimes raw, but in a good way. The first half flowed...and then the violence became such an overwhelming theme...and it was more difficult to read. Ahem...don't you think it should be?! Gone was the humor that flavored the early part of the book...it became deadly serious. Yep...that's the truth...deal with it.

And yet throughout the book is a man with a vision...a dream...a hope...a prayer. And he just keeps on going and going and going. At the beginning is a man who doesn't really know how to get the job done. Boy have I been there! I can tell you that many times I almost felt ashamed reading this book because I knew I would have given up. Dr. Greg is one helluva guy! He put up with stuff that most of us never would. And having "been there and done that" I'm telling you - it's so worth it!

Reading this book is better than watching Survivor...you might just understand the world a little better and you will certainly appreciate what you have more. If enough people read it...maybe Americans will even learn to share and play nice with the other children.

I know...it's a soapbox. Just read it. It'll will touch your heart, make you cry and it should piss you off...the answer is so simple...do you know how many schools you can build with a TRILLION dollars?! (that was how much we spent in these wars after just a few years...and time after time, we promise to rebuild and help people and then they are forgotten...)

I'd love to see it become required reading in high school!
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While the story is powerful, unbelievable actually...it seemed to me the drive to help bring schools to those without almost everything, driven by compassion, did not have an underlying faith element....hence my not enjoying it. Had to work to complete it.
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This is a truly amazing story. Everyone should read it to help understand the Muslim community better and to understand how we can promote peace in the Middle East through education rather than warfare.
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A compelling book that I couldn't put down. The author's story is timely and fascinating, as so many Americans would like to know what it's really like "over there" and how we can help. There are pictures in the middle of the book (at least the paperback version) that give you a little glimpse at the people in the book and the area they are talking about.

It was cool to relate what the author was doing on 9/11 (miles from the Afghanistan border) to what I was doing at that same time (running out the door to a college class). How different our lives are. The author began as just one man trying to climb a mountain (ok, a really really big mountain) and now he has directly impacted the lives of thousands of children in the areas of the world that need it the most.

There is a lot of information about how the country he is in and his organization works, but also enough "real life" stuff to get you invested in the story of "Dr. Greg". He falls in love with his wife at first sight, his little sister had special needs, he worried about making it home in time for his first child's birth, etc.

I finished the book applauding his efforts, and those of the people who supported him (he seems to have an amazing wife and family!), while also wanting to know how I can help further his cause and others like it.
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One of the more inspirational books I've ever read. Shows you how one person CAN make a difference. This should be required reading for all high school and college students. Greg Mortenson is my hero - truly a saint among us.
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An inspiring read.
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I found this book inspiring and impressive. It was very easy to read and held my attention throughout. I enjoyed learning more about the Pakistani mountain culture as well as how one goes about improving the world with a major impact.
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Our school used this book to implement a common reading program. The story of Greg Mortenson and his quest to build schools was one that I wanted to learn about. However, the book is horribly written and does not grab the readers attention. The author goes into painstaking detail in anecdotes that do not add to the meaning of the story.
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Couldn't make it past the half-way point. Can a book drone? If so, this one does. I love books about travel, books about overcoming great obstacles, books about fulfilling dreams, books about helping others. This book is about all those things and stilled bored me to tears.

The guy did great things...the writer didn't.
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Not my cup of tea............

I couldn't finish this one.
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If you are not a mountain climber, get past the first few pages and you will find a well written book about a wonderful effort to help.
I highly recommend this book.
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Absolutely fascinating account of building schools for girls and promoting literacy and education in the tribal regions of remote Pakistan. The dedication and perseverance of Greg Mortenson is just amazing. Couldn't put the book down, it was a page turner, and so inspiring!
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True story of a remarkable man's endeavors and achievements.
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Fascinating read about another way to deal with the world--if our politicians were only more like Mortenson--what a great world this would be.
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A great memoir about how one man's mission helps to change the world.
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very interesting book, enjoyed reading it
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This is a great book! Not only a good read but educational, too. With everything going on in the Middle East, this book is very relevant. I highly recommend it!
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Being a little shorter would have kept me more engaged, but I did enjoy this book alot.
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A really interesting story about a man whose life was changed by the poverty of others. Very inspiring.
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This book was very hard for me to rate using just 5 stars. The story itself is amazing and inspirational--if you read it you will find yourself wanting to help to support the Greg Mortenson's cause. But the writing was very bad and made the book unnecessarily cumbersome to get through. I am not sure why the author insisted on calling Greg Mortenson by his last name, but it felt unnatural. And the author had an annoying tendency to drop in tidbits of information without really tying the information to the story. It reminded me a person who likes to name drop for no other reason then to show what/who they know.
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I thought it was worth the read due to the subject matter. The writing in the book itself became repetitive and less interesting as it progressed. The authors idea of educating girls is honorable but it leaves the boys to be educated by the warring extremists.
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Mortenson was amazing with the children and was very heroic. However, the end of the book was very slow and I was not able to finish.
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I found this book to be very slow reading in the beginning But it did move a little bit quicker farther along.I wasnt crazy about this book this was not one I would read again or recommend to a friend.
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An amazing story about an amazing person. I have to admit that before this book, I knew very little about the history and educational turmoil occurring in these countries. What Greg Mortenson has done is give hope to so many families in remote villages. It felt great to take this journey with him.
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This book really opened my eyes to a country that I knew very little about. How easy it is to generalize about a group of people, when we ourselves dislike anyone making generalization about a group we may belong to. I enjoyed this book and think that my time was well spent.
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Powerful story with an amazing message!
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Well written; truly enjoyable.
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I almost never read non-fiction, so I was skeptical that I would even finish this book - but once I picked it up I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is inspiring to know that just one person can make such a huge difference in the lives of thousands upon thousands of children.
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This read is very honest, uplifting, and challenging to those who would answer an inner urge to make a difference in this life and in this time on earth.
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My sister, a young, non-religious missionary sort,, loved it
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This book is so fabulous. Unfortunately it was not in good shape when I received it so I don't feel right about sending it on. The pages are warped from water damage and it is slightly dirty. I would not have sent a book out like this even though it is completely legible.
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This is an incredibly eye opening and uplifting book. If one man can do so much with so little, shouldn't we all be able to give just a little bit more? Are you doing all that you can to make the world a better place? Am I? This book is inspiring. I am comforted to know that there are men out there like Greg Mortenson. This is a MUST read.
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remarkable story of dedication and compassion
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good but a little too long for my taste.
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Slow-moving. I agree with a previous review which stated this as well. If we're in the minority, oh well. I found it boring upon my initial start then it remained on the Bestseller list so I thought I must be missing something here and began to read it again. I got to about 60% completion and have lost interest again. I will not pick it up again as it's fairly redundant and too slow.

I applaud Mortenson for his work as well as his courage to go into places with ardent conflict. He has done wonderful work in bringing educational facilities to places in which there were none and certainly his endeavor is not to be ignored. I would have simply preferred the book to ignite a bit more passion in me as a reader.
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I love this book. I love the meaning behind this book and I love everything about the organization that Greg Mortensen started. I finished this book about a year ago and I have been so hesitant to write a review about this book because I was fearful that my complete devotion to Greg Mortensen and the Central Asia Institute might come off as disingenuous.

But, I review everything else, so why not give it a go. I kept seeing this book in Borders on the must-read shelf and never wanted to buy it, so of course I waited forever to get it on paperbackswap.com.

This is the story of Greg Mortensen - the mountain climber turned philanthropist. Greg got lost in the Hindu Kush and was taken in by the people of a small village. While there he made a promise that he would return and build a school for the village children. It took him years to build the first school, but he did it and that school turned into dozens all over the mountainous region of Pakistan.

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Happy Reading!!
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Interesting read!!

Very interesting read! You cheer for dr Greg, you shed a tear for the heart ache and loss! Interesting to read the other other side of a story!
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I loved this book. Read it for a Book Club and got a second copy for my husband to read.
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loved this
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Absolutely the best book that I have ever read. Should be required reading for all Americans!
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This is an incredible story. I recommend it to everyone with a heart.
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Boring, slow moving account of Mr. Mortenson's heroic accomplishments helping the people of Afghanastan. He has done a wonderful job, no doubt about it. However, I got turned off when he continually blew his own horn, and when he started "America bashing". Why does everyone seem to feel the need to push their political views on others?? We read this in our book club and a few members boycotted the book, not wanting to support his political views.