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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a… (2006)

by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

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    Little Princes by Conor Grennan (TooBusyReading)
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    Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way by Jon Krakauer (BookWallah, TooBusyReading)
    BookWallah: Are you willing to hear the other side of this story... warning this is not pretty.
    TooBusyReading: I think it is important to read both sides of the story.
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    Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson (Furu, BookWallah, coclimber)
    BookWallah: If you are one of the few people in the USA that missed Greg's first (Three Cups of Tea) book you should make amends and rush to read this one.
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    SqueakyChu: Both books contain personal accounts of experiences in the highest moutains of the world.
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    cmbohn: Both talk about how education changes lives for the better and how any sacrifice is worth it to receive an education.
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    JGoto: Inspirational account of a young woman reaching refugee boys through soccer.
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    bookwoman247: Both books are humanitarian in nature, and both offer glimpses of Non-Western cultures.
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    Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa (cougar_c)
    cougar_c: From one middle east country to the another - what "Three Cups of Tea" and "Mornings in Jenin" have in common is they show the human side of people trapped in a conflict.
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The story is so compelling and Mortenson is really admirable so I feel like a total ass being critical. But I can't help it. I'm a reader who enjoys the wellwritten book which this is not. What Mortenson did/does is amazing but the writing is either workmanlike or purple and I would have liked a little more distance between the author and his subject. It is also way too long.

That said, it's worth reading just for the subject, at least the first half of the book is.



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  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Greg
  StPaulsChurch | Jul 19, 2016 |
I was not overly impressed with this popular book. Although he had the best intentions, the book glorified Mortensen's achievements. I couldn't help wonder about his own wife and children back home and how they managed during his frequent absences.

It was not until I was on the last chapter that I googled the title and read about the controversy surrounding the authors and the CAI organization. It finally made sense to me why the book was not sitting right while I read it. For some reason, I do not remember hearing about this in the news, or I was just too distracted with life to remember it if I did.

I will not be reading Stones to Schools, Mortensen's sequel. ( )
  jayde1599 | Jul 18, 2016 |
Synopsis
Three Cups of Tea is the story of mountain climber/humanitarian Greg Mortenson as told by David Oliver Relin. After failing to make it to the top of mountain K2, Mortenson stumbles across a village in Pakistan that has no schools. Seeing children practicing lessons without a teacher by scratching with sticks in the dirt moves Mortenson, and he makes it his goal to get a school in every village of Pakistan. The book follows his life during this journey and gives some background so we better understand him and his motivations.

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I feel kind of bad for not liking this book. It's centered around humanitarian work and education, two things that every good person is supposed to be in support of. And it's not that I disagree with the message here, I just didn't like reading about it.

Mortenson's mission is noble and interesting, but the story itself is repetitive, and shows just how tedious humanitarian work can get. Granted, I didn't get very far into the story before calling it quits, so maybe it gets better, but when I left off I felt like I'd read the same two chapters three times.

Considering how much I've heard about this book and how often I see it around, I was disappointed.

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  shulera1 | Jun 7, 2016 |
This book covered wonderful content. The writing style, however was very blah. I finished the book and gave it 3 stars simply because of the wonderful topic of educating women and children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. ( )
  jguidry | May 31, 2016 |
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This is a wonderful book that gives the reader an unprecedented and very personal insight into a people that I had no knowledge of before reading it.
added by mikeg2 | editWaterBridge Reviews, Alma Lee (Mar 20, 2007)
 
Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts.
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly
 
"The story of how this happened is a cliffhanger as well as an first-hand introduction to the people and places of a region little understood by most Americans. The subtitle, "One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time," underscores the motivation behind his work."
added by cvosshans | editBookBrowse, Washington Times - Ann Geracimos
 
"Answering by delivering what his country will not, Mortenson is "fighting the war on terror the way I think it should be conducted," Relin writes. This inspiring, adventure-filled book makes that case admirably."
added by Shortride | editKirkus Review
 

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Mortenson, Gregprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Relin, David Olivermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawlor, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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to Irvin "Dempsey" Mortenson, Barry "Barrel" Bishop and Lloyd Henry Relin for showing us the way, while you were here
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The little red light had been flashing for five minutes before Bhangoo paid it any attention. "The fuel gages on these old aircraft are notoriously unreliable," Brigadier General Bhangoo, one of Pakistan's most experienced high-altitude pilots, said, tapping. I wasn't sure if that was meant to make me feel better.
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The only way we can defeat terrorism is if people in this country where terrorists exist learn to respect and love Americans...and if we can respect and love these people here. What's the difference between them becoming a productive local citizen or a terrorist? I think the key is education.
Your President Bush has done a wonderful job of uniting one billion Muslims against America for the next two hundred years. (Pakastani Brigadier General Bashir Baz)
Osama, baah!...The enemy is ignorance. The only way to defeat it is to build relationships with these people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever. (Pakastani Brigadier General Bashir Baz)
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One wrong turn in Pakistan's K2 mountain range changes the life of one man and all whom he encounters.
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From Viking Press
In regards to the 60 Minutes episode that aired April 17, 2011: "Greg Mortenson’s work as a humanitarian in Afghanistan and Pakistan has provided tens of thousands of children with an education. 60 Minutes is a serious news organization and in the wake of their report, Viking plans to carefully review the materials with the author."

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:21 -0400)

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One man's campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia: in 1993 Greg Mortenson was an American mountain-climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of a Pakistani village, he promised to return one day and 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. In a region where Americans are often feared and hated, he has survived kidnapping, death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself--at last count, his Central Asia Institute had built fifty-five schools.--From publisher description.… (more)

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