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:David Oliver Relin, Greg Mortenson The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban's backyard — Anyone who despairs of the individual's power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan's trea... more »cherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools -- especially for girls -- that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson's quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.
Includes 16 pages of black and white photographs in the middle of the book and index at the end of the book.« 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 Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time on
Helpful Score: 17
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!
"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.
ringojumpy - , reviewed Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time on
Helpful Score: 15
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.
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.
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.