My Life of Travels and Adventures: Book Review: Three Cups of Tea

Book Review: Three Cups of Tea

05 April 2011

I finished Three Cups of Tea recently.  I have seen it in the library and book store for sometime now.  So I finally gave in and read this book.

According to goodreads: "One day in 1993, high up in the world's most inhospitable mountains, Greg Mortenson wandered lost and alone, broken in body and spirit, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's deadliest peak. When the people of an impoverished village in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya took him in and nursed him back to health, Mortenson made an impulsive promise: He would return one day and build them a school. Although he was a homeless "climbing bum" living out of his aging Buick in Berkeley, California, Mortenson sold what few possessions he had to launch one of the most remarkable humanitarian campaigns of our time." "Three Cups of Tea traces Mortenson's decade-long odyssey to build schools, especially for girls, throughout the region that gave birth to the Taliban and sanctuary to Al Qaeda.

While he wages war with the root causes of terrorism - poverty and ignorance - by providing both girls and boys with a balanced, nonextremist education. Mortenson must survive a kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, death threats from Americans who consider him a traitor, and wrenching separations from his family." Today, as the director of the Central Asia Institute, Mortenson has built fifty-five schools serving Pakistan and Afghanistan's poorest communities. And as this real-life Indiana Jones from Montana crisscrosses the Himalaya and the Hindu Kush fighting to keep these schools functioning, he provides not only hope to tens of thousands of children, but living proof that one passionately dedicated person truly can change the world.

My thoughts:  Very interesting.  I started this book thinking one thing and ended with a new respect for the volunteer work people do overseas.  The way that Mortenson's family understands his work is amazing.  I could not imagine my husband being away for months at a time every year.  His work and understanding about the importance of education in Pakistan and Afghanistan before, during and after the tragedies around September 11th is astounding.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  4 out of 5 stars

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