Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

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Penguin, Mar 2, 2006 - History - 368 pages
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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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User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

A former mountain-climber and nurse made his life's mission to raise support for education in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Not well written, but a fascinating tale. Read full review

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User Review  - katieloucks - LibraryThing

I love what Mortenson is doing in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

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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