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Click Here to Download the Book 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 treacherous 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.
Reviews Craig Mortenson chronicles his metamorphosis from an avid mountain climber to a fiercely dedicated agent for change in Pakistan’s rugged Himalayan Mountains. The change he seeks involves the building of schools in particular for girls in two of the poorest regions on the planet. His competition for the hearts and minds of his young students are the madrassas of the Taliban, a fanatic sect of Islam that forbids the education of females. Craig’s failure to reach the peak of K2, (the second highest mountain in the world) led to an encounter with the leader of a remote village in the Balduro Valley of Baltistan. Here, while recovering from his exhausted climbing experience Craig is inspired by the children who try to learn their lesson while sitting on the ground exposed to the elements. He promises the village leader that someday he will return to build a school for those children. Mortenson not only keeps his promise, but over the years he’s managed to avoid fatwas, evade smugglers, and overcome a myriad of other obstacles while building a chain of schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This inspiring tale should be mandatory reading for anyone in the U.S. Congress so that they will be better informed about countries in which our armed forces continue to fight to this day.
I love this book! The act of keeping a promise, made to a community who saved his life after a failed attempt on K2, led Mortenson to answers we have been searching for since 9/11: how do we end the ignorance at the root of terrorism? Educating children, all children. Of course we know that education is power and therein is the crux of the challenges Mortenson faces, especially when he insists that girls be given equal access. Relin does a wonderful job of reporting Mortenson's journey; the road blocks, the dangers, the heartbreaks and the triumphs. The journey led him into the hearts of the Pakistani people. His accounts illuminate the humanity of those hearts. He brings to life the varying terrains and climates of Pakistan, both physical and political, illustrating the role each plays in keeping the Pakistani people remote and financially destitute. The book steers clear, for the most part, of political commentary. However, when relevant, it states simply and powerfully, the role politics plays in the current situation and the innocent people most directly affected. It points out mistakes that have been made as well as the good that would come from rectifying them. The
focus of the book, however, is to shine a light on the very real difference education makes in the lives of the children who have benefited from Mortenson's tenacity and the hard work of those who have joined his cause. This is the account of that tenacity in the pursuit of a conviction: the conviction that education is a basic right and the world benefits when that right is made accessible to all.
I finally finished this book. I had been meaning to read it for years, and then I started reading it aloud with someone and we fell out of that routine, and then I finally sat down and finished it in a few days. I will only be repeating what everyone else in the world has already said, but it is an absolutely amazing and inspiring story. My only issue is that the writing can be a bit overdone sometimes, and sometimes the story unfolded in an almost too dramatic style. I wasn't sure if this was just reflective of Mortenson's personality (I suspect that it is, in which case, it is simply the accurate portrayal of a very romantic and passionate man who has a knack for seeing the drama in a situation) or if it was the co-author's overlay. I am anxious to read "Stone Into Schools" to learn about Mortenson's experiences in Afghanistan. He wrote it with a different co-author, I think, so I'm interested to see if the style is different, and, of course, I'm eager to know how he navigated his way through Afghanistan in what seems like, even more than the communities in Pakistan where he worked, a truly impossible situation. There is no other word to use besides "inspired" when describing how I felt while reading this book. I completely agree with Mortenson that education is the key to strengthening communities while ending extremism. Of course, this theory falls apart if we look at Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, Newt Gingrich, Lou Dobbs, and the whole slew of extremist folks in the US. In that case, I would add on that we have to look at the relational psychology and dynamics of these people -- how do they relate to people? How do they separate their own views from others'? How do they see themselves in relationship to others? This, I believe, is where Mortenson is truly worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. He immediately understood that any larger changes have to be based on the trust and warmth of one-on-one relationships. Yes, education is a basic human right, but it is this finer component of relational connectiveness that distinguishes Mortenson from most politicians.
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