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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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    Penny 10-17-11
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    "Takes your heart away"

    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.

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    Susan Beverly Hills, MI, United States 04-19-11
    Susan Beverly Hills, MI, United States 04-19-11 Member Since 2007
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    "A female narrator?"

    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.

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    Steve Walnut Creek, CA United States 03-27-11
    Steve Walnut Creek, CA United States 03-27-11 Member Since 2007

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    "A good book"

    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.

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    Julie san diego, CA, United States 03-16-11
    Julie san diego, CA, United States 03-16-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Do not like narrater"

    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....

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    Carol C. Peterson 02-28-11
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    "Narrator distracts from valuable story"

    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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    Samantha Somerville, MA, United States 11-18-10
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    "Poor choice of narrator"

    I love Greg Mortenson's work, loved reading Three Cups of Tea, and was excited to listen to this book. I was very disappointed by the choice of narrator. I enjoyed her narration of "A Thousand Splendid Suns" but her dramatic, syrupy voice just clashes with Greg's persona and words. Very disappointing.

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    Aaron Goodwin Victorville, CA USA 11-05-10
    Aaron Goodwin Victorville, CA USA 11-05-10 Listener Since 2010

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    "Astounding Account Full of Detail"

    Picking up where Three Cups of Tea left off, this work gives you everything you want from greater depth of the already told stories, updates on many of the people involved in Mortenson's quest to build school in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and more news about the past few years. What this man has been able to accomplish is astounding and can make even the most selfish feel the need to get outside themselves.

    This would be four stars, but the narration is a bit odd. Since it's a first-person account, hearing the narrator of a man be a woman is a bit off-putting.

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    Joan Waterloo, ON, Canada 08-16-10
    Joan Waterloo, ON, Canada 08-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    "3 Cups of Tea -part 2"

    While the book was enjoyable, it really was a continuation of the first book, Three Cups of Tea, which I must say, I did enjoy more.

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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 05-02-10
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 05-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "This book is not as good as his first."

    The sequel is always a more difficult sell and this one does not deliver. It is a continuation of the story and introduces more of the characters. He is a great guy doing a wonderful work but this book is not up to the first.

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    Pami 04-04-10
    Pami 04-04-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Humanitarian and brave people"

    I loved 3 Cups of Tea and have gone to all venues in Eugene OR where Greg has spoken. He is a true Hero. This book was great and inspiring. I found myself distracted by the narration. it would have been better with a male voice

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