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Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan…

by Greg Mortenson

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I'm really impressed that in addition to everything else he does, Greg Mortenson can find the time to write such a well-crafted book. This is his second about the work he's doing in the Middle East building schools and promoting female literacy and education. It is as good as the first; This one focuses on his work in Afghanistan and is as interesting, thought-provoking, and inspiring. A major part of his mission is to work exclusively in rural areas where foreigners rarely go. He is also determined to involve the community in all aspects of the work. One of the more surprising things I learned was that numerous members of the U.S. military- at all levels- have told him that they have grown to believe that promoting literacy is the only thing that will help dissolve terrorism and make the region safer. Also "Three Cups of Tea" is mandatory reading for all senior military commanders. ( )
  julierh | Apr 7, 2013 |
I wish _this_ would be how people deal with those in the Muslim world instead of thinking of burning things and causing more possibilities of violence. ( )
  sriemann | Apr 1, 2013 |
If you never read another book in your life after this, you need to make time for Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools. Both books need to be required reading in schools, in the government, in the military, and in every American household.

The immense simplicity & reward in investing in education for girls and women in Pakistan and Afghanistan far outweighs the destruction of civilians and their way of life...if we want to promote peace and a safe way of life there, this is the way. It's worth the time, money, and patience.

(originally posted on powells.com) ( )
  clarasayre | Mar 30, 2013 |
Stones into Schools picks up where Three Cups of Tea leaves off, the goal of getting a school in one of the most remote places in the world. The story weaves back and forth and covers a lot of the same ground of Three Cups of Tea. I like the coverage here much better.

This book is leagues better than Three Cups of Tea. Three Cups of Tea is an important book as it talks more about Mortensen than he would himself. However, Mortensen and the authors that helped him with this book are far better writers. You can feel the passion in his writing and that he truly cares about what he is doing.

It's hard to look at Afghanistan and Pakistan and hard to look at their stories. Yet, so many of the ones who fought for freedom care more about literacy than anything else. They know it is a way forward. I love reading about their passion. I laughed when I read about their ultimate goal is to create a ring of schools of literacy to surround the Taliban. What a better way to defeat terror than with the light of literacy. ( )
  shadowofthewind | Aug 28, 2012 |
This story details the continued efforts of Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute's efforts in providing a viable means to education for children, as well as adult women, in remote areas. While this book is more detailed in the CAI's operations than the lives of the people it is helping, it remains a important tool for teaching compasion and understanding. With the media highlighting troop deaths, poltitical squabbles, and continued uncertainty, the people living day to day in the violent wake are often overlooked. This book brings to the forefront the human side of those struggling; helping eliminate the "them" aspect and encourgaging responsibility. ( )
  Sovranty | Nov 1, 2011 |
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How could a man whose success had been based on such self-effacing relief work reconcile humility with celebrity? Mr. Mortenson’s second and very different book, “Stones Into Schools,” provides an answer. As this new book’s strong, opinionated voice makes clear, he was never all that humble in the first place. And he was never shy.
 
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"Every leaf of the tree becomes a page of the Book
Once the heart is opened and it has learned to read"
--Saadi of Shiraz
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To the noble people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and to the 120 million school-age children in the world who are deprived of education.
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In September of 2008, a woman with piercing green eyes named Nasreen Baig embarked on an arduous journey from her home in the tiny Pakistani village of Zuudkhan south along the Indus River and down the precipitous Karakoram Highway to the bustling city of Rawalpindi.
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From Viking: "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 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:42:06 -0400)

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A follow-up to "Three Cups of Tea" continues the author's story of his humanitarian efforts to bring education into disadvantaged Middle East regions, describing such events as the 2005 earthquake and a tense eight-day abduction by the Taliban.

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