Mark Falby, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by Mark Falby)
Wonderfully written account of how one man's promise to establish a school for girls in an impoverished Pakistani village grew into an incredible humanitarian campaign — inspiring!
sherrymh, November 26, 2010 (view all comments by sherrymh)
This was recommended by an old friend from college and I can't thank him enough. Greg Mortenson's tale is incredibly inspiring. I have the second book sitting on my shelf ... and am anxiously waiting for the opportunity to start it. I believe Greg will touch your heart in amazing ways. He is my new hero.
babydollhoops, January 25, 2010 (view all comments by babydollhoops)
This man is arguably the Gandhi of our generation. He has done more for world peace than any other person on this planet that I know of... This book has become required reading for all high ranking military personnel and for very good reason. Even though our military and government are waging wars... this man is building schools helping to educate some of the most impoverished, misunderstood people. The fact that this man exists, gives me hope for humanity. It is the single best book I have, and probably will ever read.
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breezyprius, January 23, 2010 (view all comments by breezyprius)
I read a lot of books, but this inspirational story keeps coming back to me, especially when I feel discouraged by the slow-moving wheels of politics. Greg Mortenson is not the best writer out there, but the story needed to be said. I am in awe of his willingness to just do what needs to be done, rather than waiting for someone else to do it.
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cheryl_hill, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by cheryl_hill)
This is one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. Greg Mortenson's tireless attempts to build schools for girls in Pakistan is a truly amazing story. If you don't think that one person can make a difference in the world, you need to read this book.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse's unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson's efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world, Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"'[B]y delivering what his country will not, Mortenson is 'fighting the war on terror the way I think it should be conducted,' [coauthor] Relin writes. This inspiring, adventure-filled book makes that case admirably."
by Tom Brokaw,
"Three Cups of Tea is one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time. Greg Mortenson's dangerous and difficult quest to build schools in the wildest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan is not only a thrilling read, it's proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world."
by U.S. representative Mary Bono (R-Calif.),
"Greg Mortenson represents the best of America. He's my hero. And after you read Three Cups of Tea, he'll be your hero, too."
"Three Cups of Tea is beautifully written. It is also a critically important book at this time in history. The governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan are both failing their students on a massive scale. The work Mortenson is doing, providing the poorest students with a balanced education, is making them much more difficult for the extremist madrassas to recruit." Ahmed Rashid, best-selling author of Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
by Christian Science Monitor,
"Laced with drama, danger, romance, and good deeds, Mortenson's story serves as a reminder of the power of a good idea and the strength inherent in one person's passionate determination to persevere against enormous obstacles."
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 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.
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