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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Cathleen Richmond, VA, United States 12-15-09
    Cathleen Richmond, VA, United States 12-15-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Better than Three Cups of Tea"

    Takes up where Three Cups of Tea ends. The quality of writing and the excellence of the reader mean this book is far better. I had been worrying about how the conditions in Pakistan and Afghanistan were affecting the work of the CAI and the answers have given me hope. Highly recommend A++++++

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    Edward San Diego, CA, USA 01-22-10
    Edward San Diego, CA, USA 01-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Just Read It"

    A great book and a great story. I have read Three Cups of Tea and this is a great continuation of the story bringing it up to mid 2009. As others have said, the female reader of a first person narrative is a very odd choice and somewhat distracting. Sometimes I got caught, but most of the time, I was able to look past it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Reno, NV, USA 01-05-10
    Sandra Reno, NV, USA 01-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Book of the Year/Decade"

    I didn't want it to end. Greg's understanding of people and selflessness is admirable. We need more Greg Mortenson's in the world. Everybody should read this book after reading Three Cups of Tea.

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    Tom Gifford 03-11-10
    Tom Gifford 03-11-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A true American Hero"

    As one reviewer said, Greg Mortenson deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. This sequal to "Three Cups of Tea" portrays the human spirit that can be tapped in any situation. It takes you into the culture, tribes, and regions of Central Asia in an indepth way while telling a great story full of adventure and unbelievable circumstances. What Greg and his team have accomplished has made the world and, especially, Central Asia a better place.
    Entertaining and very informative. a 5 star for sure.

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    Bald Brunswick, ME, United States 05-02-10
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    "A Wonderful Adventure"

    I'd read Three Cups of Tea and enjoyed it immensely. Although I felt that the first few chapters of this sequel were slow, the book sure clicked into gear and began to build a momentum. By the last third of the book, it felt like a thriller! And it's all the more amazing because it's a true story. The final chapters were very, very moving and I'll say this: Greg Mortenson and the activities of his group remind us all of what is really important in life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Johnston North Carolina 01-20-10
    M. Johnston North Carolina 01-20-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Great book."

    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.

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    Linda Longview, TX, United States 07-28-12
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    "Could not stay with this reading"

    I tried several times to listen to this. The reading and writing is very poor compared to the first book which I enjoyed very much,

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    Gretchen Omaha, NE, United States 09-18-10
    Gretchen Omaha, NE, United States 09-18-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Book!"

    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.

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    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 09-08-11
    Carroll Alexandria, VA, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2010
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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 Los Angeles 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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