Three Cups of Tea Author:Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin Here (In Paskistan and Afghanistan) we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything--even die. — Haiji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram Mountains,Pakistan — The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-lif... more »e Indiana Jones and his remarkable humanitarian campaign in the Taliban's backyard.
In 1993, a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains for a failed attempt to climb K2. Moved by the inhabitants' kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three Cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade, Mortenson built not just one but fify-five schools--especially for girls--in the forbidding terrain that gave birth to the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.« less
One of the best books I have ever read! It shows how one person can really make a difference in the life of others. Greg Mortenson attempts to scale a mountain and does not make it to the top. Lost and struggling to stay alive, he is taken in and nursed back to health by villagers in Pakistan. He promises to build a school in this village to repay the kindness received by them. He goes on to a greater task than climbing a mountain. His heart and others are changed by his new challenge of building schools for many other villages. He helps raise money for the materials and the villagers give of their labor. It is a mutual endeavor. This book should be read by all our government foreign advisors and the people of our nation to show them the best way to earn the respect of the people of other countries.