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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote

A book by Greg Mortenson.

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Need some "do-good" inspiration? Read "Three Cups Of Tea"

  • Mar 9, 2009
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I love books that move me to tears.
The killer scene in "Three Cups Of Tea?" Well, it could be the completion of Greg Mortenson's first bridge. That soaked a couple of tissues. Or maybe it was the presentation of the red velvet box to Greg, signaling the end of any beefs the locals had with Greg – this was just a guy trying to help out, after all.

I don't even know enough to say "I don't know" when it comes to the political landscape in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the surrounding geography. After reading "Three Cups..." I still don't know. What I do know is that I held my breath every time I had to read about Greg traversing a treacherous mountain path, that I winced every time he was faced with financial sabotage, and that my heart swelled given any chance to think of these children, that receive so little, were so incredibly thrilled just to hold a notebook and a pencil.

The story of Greg and his quest, I think, to find personal meaning in his life by helping others, is one I think just about every privileged American should read and consider. Maybe it's not about helping Afghans. But it could be about helping inner city kids, or even making a decision to become actively involved in your own child's school. While Greg's story was engrossing in that it starts with a near-death experience and the tragic loss of his sister, it's my hope that not everyone has to endure that kind of life-changing event for, well, their lives to change for the better.

A year later, and I still recommend this book first when someone needs a suggestion. An excellent read!

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review by . July 23, 2010
This is a true story about how a mountain climber having lost his way, is rescued by the people from an obscure and isolated village high in the mountains of Pakistan.  As Greg Mortenson was nursed back to health, the village chief showed him where the children had their school lessons.  It consisted of a bare plot of dirt where they scratched their lessons into the dry soil.  Greg was so moved that he promised he would build them a proper school.  Upon returning to his home …
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Reading this made me feel frustrated and tied in knots because of all the struggles he went through to finally reach his goal.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Inspiring. I heard Greg Mortenson speak at BYU last year and he is an incredible person.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
This should be mandatory reading of every high school student. You want to understand this poorly understood part of the world? Here is a good start.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
An amazing true story of a man's unselfishness to help build school's in Afghan and Pakistan
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
I love this concept, this book, and this writer!
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Very inspiring story of Mortenson's journey to change a nation though education.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Wonderful story of a man's trip into the world of poverty who makes a change! Inspiring
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Not the greatest writing, but what a story!!! This guy lives in Bozeman, MT where I went to college and his life story will inspire the hardest heart to do SOMETHING positive for others in need. This guy is someone I truly admire. Bono has nothing on him.
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Three Cups of Tea is a New York Times bestselling book by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin published by Penguin in 2006. The book describes Mortenson's transition from a mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He did this by co-founding the "Central Asia Institute," which has built over 78 schools in the most remote areas of the countries.

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ISBN-10: 0143038257 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780143038252 (pbk.)
Author: Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Date Published: January, 2007
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