Three Cups of Tea Online Download by Greg Mortenson
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 The realy story of a man who, from basically nothing but a strong will and an deep interest in others, encounters people from very poor village in Pakinstan, promisses them to come back and build a school for their children - keep his promisses and continues to collect money, build a fundation and build schools, one by one... Very inspiring and showing the power that one person can have to make a change to fight poverty and ignorance. Through the story, there is an opportunity to discover how people live and think in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which gives insights on how talibans infiltered the society to recruit their soldiers. Super interesting! The style is not always great - as a non native speaker I also struggled to get what was going on at the beginning of the book. I also miss a little bit more insights into Greg's motivations or thoughts and beliefs (why did he start to pray with the musulms, was it by conviction or to share their habits bu courtesy, or by fear...?) It has also been criticized for some mistakeds in the timing - which can easily be explained by the fact that the journalist who writes the story with Greg Mortenson (the main character and co-author) interviews Greg many years after the facts. This doesn't alter the quality of the book though. So I give it a 5 stars because this is an amazing story, and a true story.
Education, and teaching people to *think* instead of *following other people's thoughts* are the only ways that we can save our future. I live in Tehran, and I see it every day. No top-down interference will ever work. The only solution is to educate that little kid who lives in a crowded family in a poor, very poor situation, and grows up in unknown conditions, while being ignored by the top leaders of the world, and is eventually lured into one of the terrorist groups. Our world is full of these kids! They are the next generations. The future. They need to learn independent thinking and logic, to protect themselves from being lured into the illogical, wrong ideologies that is raining on them where they live. Other than writing this brilliant book, Mr. Greg Mortenson has started a brilliant motion. One school at a time... What an overwhelming sentence! As someone who has met many good, but ignorant people, I see the true
extent of the effectiveness of this simple sentence' I hope after reading this book, other people have a different view about the great effects that a school in a poor village can have. Yes, education is a long term solution, but it is a *once and for all*. Well done Mr. Mortenson!
In 1993, after a disastrous attempt to climb K2, Greg Mortenson ends up in an impoverished village in Pakistan. He is touched by the villagers kindness and shocked to realize how tough life there was. The children had no school. He was appalled to see eighty two children, kneeling on the frosty ground, working by themselves. They shared a teacher with a neighboring village, and he taught here three days a week. The rest of the days, the children would practice the lessons he left behind, in the open, in all the harsh climatic conditions. Seeing this, Mortenson resolved and promised to build a school for the village. The book is his story of how his personal conviction and efforts resulted in schools in many of these marginalized villages. He started off with the promise to build one school, but ended up building fifty five schools. Understanding how educating girls can change the lives of the villagers, he tried to make it easier to educate the girls. He wins the localsâ€™ confidence, becomes one of them, understands the difficulties they face, and does whatever he can to help them. The story of how one man can make a difference, if he really wants, no matter what obstacles he faces. It is the story of one manâ€™s determination, and grit to overcome it all, to make a difference. He has risked his life, gone into dangerous territory, gotten kidnapped.. All for the purpose â€“ his purpose to get the people of Central Asia education, a means to better their lives. The story, of course, is not just about him. It is also about his family. His wife who understood and supported his passion. Who made do with the fact that her husband would be away for months together. In places where it would be impossible to even reach him by telephone. Not knowing when or if he would be back. And yet accepting it, because that was the man he was. It is a riveting read. Very inspiring, and very touching. I would certainly recommend it. Disclaimer: I did read some allegations of fraud and people contending that this book is actually more fiction than fact. So I am not really sure what to make of it.. Even if it were inaccurate, it would still be a very interesting read, albeit a fictional one, rather than a non-fictional account.
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