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.
Amazon.com Review 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."
JessicaGreen (USA: FL) (2008/04/16): I LOVED this book, but the hundreds of wishlist people should go to Greg Mortenson's site: ThreeCupsofTea.com and BUY his book to support his work: Purchases of the Three Cups of Tea paperback book, audio CD set, and single track music CD, made on Amazon.com through this link will generate up to 7% of proceeds to benefit Central Asia Institute. After you BUY your copy, BUY one for a friend!!!
brandy (USA: NH) (2010/03/02): I agree with JessicaGreen (USA: FL) (2008/04/16): "I LOVED this book, but the hundreds of wishlist people should go to Greg Mortenson's site: ThreeCupsofTea.com and BUY his book to support his work: Purchases of the Three Cups of Tea paperback book, audio CD set, and single track music CD, made on Amazon.com through this link will generate up to 7% of proceeds to benefit Central Asia Institute. After you BUY your copy, BUY one for a friend!!!" I took Jessica's advice and ordered 3 copies: 1 for myself, 1 for my sister (who is on her way to Afganistan with the US Army), and 1 for my mother. Also ordered the children's version (Listen to the Wind) for my 3-year old daughter and Stones Into Schools (at my sister's request). I hope my 7% and enthusiasm help the mission!
mb (USA: CA) (2010/05/13): Inspiring yes, could've been told in less words, probably. But I can be a bit long-winded myself. Its nice to see an author passionate about something besides telling lies, pyramid schemes, or just plain old greed...
Haley (USA: OH) (2010/09/11): This book is AMAZING. Everyone should read it at some point. It is a story for all ages with a great message.
Jessica (USA: NY) (2011/05/08): I do recommend that people who follow this topic also read the new eBook, Three Cups of Deceit, by John Krakauer.
While this is a fabulous story, I had a lot of moments during the read when I just had a sixth sense about me that could not believe what I was reading. This feeling was heightened when the book concludes with several political slams against a few news stations. Not too surprisingly, I came to Amazon.com to give my review and find out much of it has been fabricated - I did watch the 20/20 video (google Three Cups of Tea and 20/20) and I realized my gift of discernment was spot on!
While I'm sure Mortenson has built some schools in desperately poor areas of the world, his heart wrenching sagas simply are not true. When a charity only gives 41% toward the charity, something is rotten in Denmark!
However, despite the many falsehoods and the feeling that I have been betrayed by Mortenson and Relin, it does read well and will captivate any reader. Too bad most of it is fabricated! It would have gotten 4 stars if it was a true story as promoted, but my review drops to one star because of the deceit!