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
This is a great read. I highly recommend it after Three Cups of Tea. I also found the female reader very distracting since it was written by Greg in the first person. Odd choice of a narrator!! But it is well written, enthralling, inspiring and hard to put down. I didn't want it to end.
This amazing story is one for our times. My only downgrade on the book is the narrator -- it is distracting to hear a first person narrative written by a man read by a woman. However, if you can get by that, this book should be required reading/listening by all government officials and military.
It was fascinating to me to learn in this book of the progress made in educating girls - and now women - in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Not only is Greg an inspired leader, but also an articulate writer. He describes beautifully what has transpired since Three Cups of Tea. I also think his choice of narrators is most appropriate. After all, the whole focus of Greg and his institute's mission involves girls and now women, does it not?
Though I love the story and the narrator was quite good it was a little confusing for me to listen to a woman tell the story of Greg Mortenson when using the first person. I believe I would have enjoyed the narration much more had it been in a mail voice.
Though I am betting that given Greg's discomfort with the first person narration that he may have asked to have a woman tell the story. That made me smile.
The only book I have read that truly moved me. If you do not come away inspired by Greg Mortenson - either you do not have a heart or it is cold and hard as stone.
Both his books are treasures and I have recomended to service men and friends alike - all feel the same new understanding of Greg's work and love for this part of the world.
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.
I'm all for equality but when a book is written by a man and read by a woman, I'm not making the connection. I don't think this was a good decision by the audio book publishers. Her narration is very pleasant and she pronounces difficult words with ease, but not appropriate to the story.
Also find the story drags on in several sections. Not up to par with the Three Cups of Tea.
Steve (Walnut Creek, CA, USA)
I enjoyed this book roughly as much as Three Cups of Tea.
The narration is entirely different, but in contrast to some reviewers, I didn't mind it at all.
People such as those in this book are a credit to our species - it's too bad they're not more common.
Content is great as was Three Cups of Tea but the book is written in first person yet they have a female narrater. Big mistake and distracting when listening....
Three stars is a compromise review. The substance of the book is excellent. The narrator drove me crazy. I probably could have wrapped my head around a female reading a first person male book BUT her mispronunciation of numerous words or lisp or sloppy diction drove me to distraction.
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