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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 I feel like it is fate that I bought this book. The last thing I needed was another book. Too many already piling up unread and searching for space in my apartment. But I have ordered 15 copies and plan to send them to friends and colleagues. I am planning to send them to family members graduating from high school and college this year and to teenage girls I tutor and mentor in the inner city. If anyone ever doubts the power and importance of education, if anyone does not appreciate the opportunity of education which is offered to them and before them in America, give them this book. Read it yourself. It will inspire you to find a way to continue to spread this message, to improve education in the US, to do something yourself. I could not put it down. I am fueled with ideas of how to use it for good and inspiration in American education. I am humbled and at the same time motivated to do good myself. It is well worth your time to read it. It will make you glow with possibility, hope and inspiration. It is a story of a true American hero and his heroic family. It is the kind of story that inspires us all to be the best we can be and to believe in the possibility of all.

Beyond inspiring! Greg Mortenson is a true hero in every sense of the word - selfless, courageous, tireless, unfailingly committed. If there was ever the perfect candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, he is it. Central Asia Institute is my new charity of choice! I particularly can appreciate how difficult it is to bridge the cultural divide between America and relatively upper-class India, so the fact that Greg moves so seamlessly between America and the most rugged areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan is impressive. While his wife Tara appears some in this book, I suspect she could write an impressive tome of her own on what her experience has been like keeping the home fires burning and allowing her husband the freedom to be the driving force that he was clearly born to be. Her sacrifice and commitment are clearly no less than Greg's.

The final third of the book is heavily influenced by the events of September 11, 2001 and the story told from Greg's perspective in Pakistan is illuminating. The financial commitments America failed to fulfill in Afghanistan especially are shocking in their scope and brazen-ness. And Greg's depiction of the ultra-shiny, super-clean "laptop army" running the Pentagon is, I suspect, true in any administration and only serves to further emphasize the massive disconnect between the people making the decisions and the people those decisions affect. A must-read for every American, regardless of your political or religious views.

This book has appeared at the perfect time. There is so much sadness and anger and helplessness about the news of the day, that the story of one man's willingness to keep a promise and follow the journey that promise begins is balm to the soul. Rather than barging in with bags of money and saying this is how this project will be done, Greg Mortenson asks for help and follows the lead of the local people he has met in his climbing expeditions. At the beginning of chapter 3 this quote appears, “Tell us, if there were one thing we could do for your village, what would it be?" "With all respect, Sahib, you have little to teach us in strength and toughness. And we don't envy you your restless spirits. Perhaps we are happier than you? But we would like our children to go to school. Of all the things you have, learning is the one we most desire for our children." Conversation between Sir Edmund Hillary and Urkien Sherpa I am only 1/3 of the way through this fascinating inspiring book, but I am writing my review now to alert readers of an opportunity to contribute to Greg's school building efforts through his organization, The Central Asia Institute. Through all 6 of the Greater Good web sites, during the month of August, a donation will be made to the Institute for every purchase made. Two of these web sites are: and Clicking on these sites every day donates money to their cause and now, if you decide to purchase one of their products, the money goes toward another school. I had to spread the news.

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