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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations | [Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin]

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.
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In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

Award-winning journalist David Oliver Relin has collaborated on this spellbinding account of Mortenson's incredible accomplishments in a region where Americans are often feared and hated. In pursuit of his goal, Mortenson has survived kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, repeated death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself. At last count, his Central Asia Institute had built 55 schools. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world, one school at a time.

©2006 Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin; (P)2006 Tantor Media Inc

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"Three Cups of Tea is one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time....Not only a thrilling read, it's proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world." (Tom Brokaw)

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    Adrienne Camp Connell, CA, United States 08-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Enlightenment not Entertainment"

    I would not have read this except that it was chosen by my book club. Although anyone must be impressed by the accomplishments of Mr. Mortensen, (he certainly is) I didn't need the depth of detail. I agree with many other reviewers who did not enjoy the voice of the reader, I found it whiney and annoying. I could have learned all I needed to know about this man and his mission in about half the words.

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    Cindy 01-16-10
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    "New narrator, please"

    How can a book that I've heard so much about be so difficult to listen to? Narration - makes or breaks an audiobook. New narrator, please.

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    Lee Mukilteo, WA, USA 04-07-09
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    "Perspective"

    I feel that this moving, important, summary
    of reality in our world has changed, and is changing, it for the better. Greg's work shores me up and reminds me that, while I still have breath, I, too, can make a difference.

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    Celeste San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 03-31-09
    Celeste San Luis Obispo, CA, United States 03-31-09 Member Since 2014
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    "I learned so much."

    An amazing story. Well written. Couldn't put it down. Learned so much about history, geography & cultures. Fantastic read.

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    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 02-07-10
    Terry Nelson, British Columbia, Canada 02-07-10 Member Since 2011
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    "A hard listen"

    Didn't meet up to the hype. Goes into detail on every boring little thing.

    Quite listening when I wasn't into the book after 5 hours of listening.

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    Stephen Moroni, UT, United States 05-28-09
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    "Moving"

    This story had me almost in tears at times. What a great man. I wish that more people would reach out as he has done and truly try to help educate the needy in the world. It made me want to be a better person and help too. I highly recommend this book.

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    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 05-16-09
    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 05-16-09 Member Since 2005

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    "Engaging Story; Very Well Written"

    This remarkable book combines an adventure story, insightful commentary on the reasons terrorists emerge from remote parts of the Muslim world, and an inspiring account of the power of friendship, simple caring, and a courageous man's dogged persistence in creating a better life for his fellow man in neglected regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a remarkable story and is very well written. The book's vivid descriptions of the places and the numerous characters that are part of the Greg Mortenson saga make this a very engaging and instructive read.

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    cemkur 03-24-09
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    "Great novel"

    Great novel, quite insightful and well written as well. I enjoyed reading it and would recommend to anyone.

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