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About the Author

Greg Mortenson was born in 1957 in St. Cloud, Minnesota. From 1958 - 1973, he lived on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania where his father, Dempsey, co-founded the teaching hospital, Kilimanjaro Christian medical Center (KCMC), and where his mother, Jerene, founded the International School show more Moshi. After serving in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1977 - 1979, Mortenson graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983 with an Associate Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. He is the co-founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute and founder of Pennies for Peace, and is the co-author of the #1 New York Times best-seller, Three Cups of Tea, which has won several awards including Time Magazine's Asia Book of the Year. Mortenson is a humanitarian and has dedicated his life to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he has established over 78 schools. In 2009, Pakistan's government awarded Mortenson Pakistan's highest civil award, the Sitara-e-Pakistan ("Star of Pakistan"). Mortenson has received many other awards including National Award for Citizen Diplomacy in 2008, Rotary International Paul Harris Award in 2007, and Red Cross (Montana) "Humanitarian of the Year" in 2005. As of 2009, Mortenson has also received 10 honorary doctorates. Mortenson is married to Dr. Tara Bishop, a clinical psychologist. They have two children. show less
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2008 (75) 2009 (56) 2010 (61) Afghanistan (947) Asia (59) autobiography (92) biography (357) book club (114) culture (48) current events (61) education (725) fiction (66) girls (89) girls school (76) Greg Mortenson (99) history (67) humanitarian (89) humanitarian assistance (78) humanitarianism (84) Islam (191) memoir (488) Middle East (243) mountaineering (95) multicultural (64) non-fiction (1,404) Pakistan (1,061) peace (149) philanthropy (115) picture book (71) poverty (62) read (110) religion (48) school (113) schools (334) social justice (68) Taliban (90) to-read (455) travel (114) unread (60) women (49)

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Incredibly inspiring. I know I talk about it too much.
dkornf | 495 other reviews | Mar 29, 2024 |
I knew there was some controversy about this book - I decided to read most of it before I looked it up. It’s a story about perseverance and cultural exchange that’s fun to read and hopeful at its best but it does seem idealized and too good to be true. David Oliver Relin was a journalist who interviewed and spent time with Greg Mortensen and did a lot of follow up interviews with colleagues and participants in both the states and Pakistan. He says himself in his intro that he was swept up in Mortensen’s orbit and didn’t write a standard journalistic account. He was inspired and pulling for Mortensen’s success. He crafted a beautiful story that became a bestseller. Later Mortensen was accused of using donated money to promote the book and maybe some other misappropriations. There was an expose on 60 Minutes. Relin fell into depression and ended up committing suicide. Knowing this, the story becomes very sad. Good intentions by both men gone off track.… (more)
nancenwv | 495 other reviews | Feb 15, 2024 |
White savior complex runs deep in this book. IMO skip it.
eo206 | 495 other reviews | Dec 27, 2023 |
I’m afraid I made no notes on this book when I read it years ago but I very clearly remember thoroughly enjoying it.
BBrookes | 495 other reviews | Nov 29, 2023 |



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