I like true stories and found Greg Mortenson's to be inspiring at first. I did learn a great deal about the cultures in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but was put off by a sort of anti-American turn the book takes near the end. It's not one I would recommend to my friends.
Inspirational and frustrating. Greg has been out building school for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1993 and this is his story.
It is inspirational and surprising, but at times his frustration is palpable. He is a doer and as always goes with those that do, there is a large amount of criticism leveled against him. (Nothing bothers me more than the non-doer armchair quarterbacks but it's part of the culture we live in.)
This book is a great introduction to the outlying tribal cultures in Pakistan and Afghanistan and there is an excellent explanation and examples of Pashtunwali / Lokhay Warkawa as also described in Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.
Having trekked in Nepal on my way to Everest Base Camp this really brought back memories.
Three Cups of Tea is a phenomenal book written about an amazing man. I laughed, I cried- truthfully I did. This book is one of those rare books that motivates one to change... this book reminded me what a huge difference one person can make.
This book gives a touch of hope in the education of girls in regions where women are needed for the reconstruction of their country, and for the reconstruction of the women's rol in our world.
Wow...what a selfless man. And how wonderful to tell the story. Very uplifting to listen to. Reminds me that there is still good in the world. I suspect that some of the motivation of sharing the adventure with us is to generate funds for the Central Asia Institute, but really, what a wonderful cause to support. Narrator has a great voice too.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I loved the story that is told in this book, but the writing was not good. It was all I could do to get through it. I admire Mortenson and all that he has accomplished, but he should have chosen a different collaborator, one who could actually write. Although it claims to have been written by Mortenson, it is written in third person by a collaborator, which got really old. I couldn't hear " . . . Mortenson said" many more times!!!
The narrator's voice was annoying after a while. He did great accents of foreign characters. I liked him best when he was doing those, but I got to the point that I couldn't listen to his natural voice much longer.
This book should be required reading by all high schools, government officials, military and their families! In today's world, we hear so much about Muslim extremists and how they have hurt the US. This book tells us how we can best fight the extremists -- through education, and specifically through education of women, while reminding us the most Muslims are just like you and me.
This story is proof that things happen for a reason. A wrong turn at the end of a failed attempt to climb a mountain changed Greg Mortenson's life and the lives of thousands of children and their families in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The events are gripping. The characters come alive as you listen to Mr. Mortenson's determination to keep promises to people that so many others have forgotten or dismissed.
By the end of the book, you will ask yourself what contribution you can make to improve the lives of others.