Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations-- One School at a Time

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Penguin, 2006 - History - 338 pages
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In 1993, following a failed attempt to ascend K2, Greg Mortenson was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers in Pakistan and promised to build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time--Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

Award-winning journalist David Oliver Relin has collaborated on this spellbinding account of Mortenson's incredible accomplishments in a region where Americans are often feared and hated. Over the following decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring story of how one man really is changing the world--one school at a time.

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This is a good book for young people. A lovely story that isn't 100% true it is great to discuss on many levels. It is interesting to include a discussion of a more accurate version of what really ... Read full review

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I am generally more of a visual than auditory learner and I will say that this book actually kept my attention while I was listening to it. It is a very impressive story about working with a culture ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION In Mr MORTENSONS ORBIT
1
Failure
7
The Wrong Side of the River
17
Progress and Perfection
27
SelfStorage
34
580 Letters One Check
47
Rawalpindis Rooftops at Dusk
57
Hard Way Home
70
A Smile Should Be More Than a Memory
154
Equilibrium
174
mortenson in motion
184
Red Velvet Box
198
Cherry Trees in the Sand
211
Shrouded Figure
225
A Village Called New York
241
Tea with the Taliban
261

Beaten by the Braldu
83
The People Have Spoken
98
Building Bridges
108
Six Days
125
Haji Alis Lesson
136
Rumsfelds Shoes
278
The Enemy Is Ignorance
297
Stones into Schools
314
Acknowledgments
333
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Greg Mortenson is the director of the Central Asia Institute. A resident of Montana, he spends several months of the year in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


David Oliver Relin is a contributing editor for Parade magazine and Skiing magazine. He has won more than forty national awards for his work as a writer and editor.

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