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Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan | [Greg Mortenson]

Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.
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From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established.

In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders, even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women - all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.

Since the 2006 publication of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials, and leading politicians, all of whom seek his advice and insight. The continued phenomenal success of Three Cups of Tea proves that there is an eager and committed audience for Mortenson's work and message.

©2009 Greg Mortenson; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Andre Jersey City, NJ, United States 11-12-11
    Andre Jersey City, NJ, United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Sadly more story than fact"

    Investigations by 60 Minutes and Jon Krakauer have shown Mortenson lied about key parts of his stories, exaggerated the number and condition of schools he built, and runs his non-profit with no financial oversight or accounting. I enjoyed the book the first time through, but no I feel like I wasted my time and money.

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    Jeanne 10-31-11
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    60 Minutes' exposure of the exaggerations in this book saddened me, but didn’t surprise me. While Three Cups of Tea was quite interesting, this story was just a bit too wild to believe, even before 60 Minutes' revelations.

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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 09-08-11
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A good follow on"

    While much debated in the press, the story of cultural challenges in central asia has many examples that you only believe if you've been there. Worthwhile sequel.

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    BlueSky 01-24-11
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    "Excellent book, terrible narrator"

    Unlike some, I did not like the narrator at all. She read in an overly dramatic voice one would use in a children's storybook, and resulting in the narration lacking the gravity that it deserved. The characters sounded ridiculous in her voice especially Mortenson, as this was written in first person, and she was unable to create character distinctive character voices. When I looked her up, I was not surprised she had narrated the children's edition of Three Cups of Tea, on which I'm sure she did an excellent job. I liked the book despite the narrator, but will make sure to avoid her in the future. (I wanted to scream every time she said "Twenny" instead of "Twenty"?) Mortenson delivered, however, with the book, fabulous.

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    K. Angelone Houston, TX 10-24-10
    K. Angelone Houston, TX 10-24-10 Member Since 2013

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    "Love the Story, and it's True!"

    I love this book! I read Three Cups of Tea and listened to this book, the sequel, at work. It's inspirational, exciting, and the woman reading has a wonderful voice and an interesting accent.

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    Kei Fujimura Prince George, BC Canada 03-18-10
    Kei Fujimura Prince George, BC Canada 03-18-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Narrator sounds like a computer"

    I also found the narrator distracting. It was as if she was a computer reading the book. I loved 3 Cups, so I think I'll actually read the book rather than listen to it.

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    Tomodachi 03-09-10
    Tomodachi 03-09-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Hard to listen to the narrator"

    I've enjoyed so many audiobooks through Audible over the years, but in both this one and Three Cups of Tea, the narrator is a detractor. I don't mind the female voice (despite that it's the autobio of a man) but I am having trouble getting past her awkward inflections. It is as though she's ending a sentence midway through - her delivery sounds like an unprepared first read-through instead of a finished product. The book is interesting but I think I'll have to finish the print version one day instead of listening on my commutes.

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    Cathron United States 02-20-10
    Cathron United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2011

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    "Inspiring"

    Greg Mortenson deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. He has done more to advance the cause of women in underdeveloped countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan than any other person. The fact that the U.S. military listens to him and requires those serving in the region to read his books is testament to Greg's wisdom and experience. I recommend this book to everyone.

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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 02-17-10
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 02-17-10 Member Since 2015

    I Like scifi-fantasy,non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn,GoT. Last read: Well of Ascension

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    "Education is a long term solution to fanaticism"

    I picked up this book right when I finished it's predecessor. Excellent writing and good narration. Listeners would find the female narrator narrating Greg Mortenson a little confusing at first but Atussa Leoni does a great job overall. First few hours in the book is a quick recap/summary of "three cups of tea" and "Stone Into..." starts exactly were the last one ended; on the roof of the world. Greg Mortenson is trying to achieve something that will fight the war on terror from it's core. I hope all his readers and listeners would understand the need for what he's trying to achieve. Some reviewers are right when they say, only 1 school is constructed by the half of the book. But this book is about how Dr Greg managed to and his journey towards creating a relationship with all the far end villages and tribals of Afghanistan. This book also covers the devastation by the 2005 earthquake in pakistan and Azad Kashmir. By the end of the book, there are many more schools created. Taliban and other groups realize now that education can be a threat to their existence and that is why they threaten teachers and female students. This and Three cups of tea should defintely be added to the curriculum just the way Three cups of tea is essential read in the few sections of US Army.

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    Ronald Albuquerque, NM, USA 01-11-10
    Ronald Albuquerque, NM, USA 01-11-10
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    "Diving into the greater masterpiece"

    I really enjoyed Mr Mortenson's bravery and foolishness in attempting to honor the great art of education. It is one thing to be a good student and entirely greater thing to create opportunity for the education of someone else, especially a perceived enemy. In a time of such hatred between religions, it is great to read about humans who seek out constructive understanding.

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