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Three Cups of Tea

One Man's Mission to Promote Peace -- One School at A Time
Mortenson, Greg (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Three Cups of Tea


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Three Cups of Tea traces Mortenson's decade-long odyssey to build schools (especially for girls), throughout the region that gave birth to the Taliban and sanctuary to Al Qaeda. In a region where Americans are often feared and hated, he has survived kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself--at last count, his Central Asia Institute had built fifty-five schools.--From publisher description.
Authors: Mortenson, Greg
Title: Three cups of tea
one man's mission to promote peace -- one school at a time
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2007
Characteristics: 349 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,22 cm
Notes: Includes index
Originally published in the USA by Viking Penguin, 2006
Contents: In Mr. Mortenson's orbit
Failure
The wrong side of the river
"Progress and perfection"
Self-storage
580 letters, one check
Rawalpindi's rooftops at dusk
Hard way home
Beaten by the braldu
The people have spoken
Building bridges
Six days
Haji Ali's lesson
"A smile should be more than a memory"
Equilibrium
Mortenson in motion
Red velvet box
Cherry trees in the sand
Shrouded figure
A village called New York
Tea with the Taliban
Rumsfeld's shoes
"The enemy is ignorance"
Stones into schools
Summary: Three Cups of Tea traces Mortenson's decade-long odyssey to build schools (especially for girls), throughout the region that gave birth to the Taliban and sanctuary to Al Qaeda. In a region where Americans are often feared and hated, he has survived kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself--at last count, his Central Asia Institute had built fifty-five schools.--From publisher description.
Additional Contributors: Relin, David Oliver
Alternate Title: 3 cups of tea
ISBN: 0143038257
9780143038252
Branch Call Number: 371.822 Mo
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this book three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson is about how this guy Greg Mortenson who was drifted into Pakistan village and had tried to climb K2 but could not do it so after that he had promised that he is going to return and build a school. when he had came back he did not just build one school but he had build more than one which was especially made for the girls. TO:teens@picnet.org

For those of you who believe the story of Greg Mortenson read "Three cups of Deceit" by Jon Krakauer. It explains the false stories written by Greg Mortenson, the poorly run orgainization he oversees and the schools build on funds raised sitting empty.

For those of you who believe the story of Greg Mortenson read "Three cups of Deceit" by Jon Krakauer. It explains the false stories written by Greg Mortenson, the poorly run orgainization he oversees and the schools build on funds raised sitting empty.

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  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is the true story of Mortenson’s work building schools in remote villages in Pakistan. A trained nurse, mountaineer, natural linguist and diplomat moves from a lost climber who promises a school to one small village, to a major player in promoting peace through education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is an inspiring account of what one humble person can do and is good reading for anyone who wants to understand more about Central Asia.

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  • meiten rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I was distressed when praising this book to learn what Loreen and other person wrote here. PLEASE INDICATE ON THE LIBRARY BOOK BEING CIRCULATED THAT IT IS NOT TRUE in consideration of those who like me have not heard about the fraud. Thank you August 22, 2012

I have read that this is all false. See Come From the Shadows by Terry Glavon

Report This Aug 23, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Overall, Three Cups of Tea is a small glimpse into the work done in Pakistan and Afghanistan by Greg Mortenson. However, I found the work more like a report rather than a story. There were some problems with the actual writing of the book- mixed tenses and perspective being a few. I would recommend The Young Reader's Edition of Three Cups of Tea which includes essential maps, and glosseries.

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  • vwruleschick rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

About a man who is passionate in helping children in Pakistan and Aghanistan by educating to them, as well as, women to ensure healthier lives so that the kids live long enough to attend school and learn how to read and do math, etc in a safe environment. Reading the book, I enjoyed it knowing it was a memoir of this person's life and the interesting people he meets. It was written well with inspiration and good intentions, however after reading it, I found out the controversy surrounding the author and the credibility of his story. So I am rating it 3 stars

I heard hes in questioning to see if half of what he wrote is actually true

Three Cups of Tea is the story of how one man made a difference in the lives of many through perseverance and the sheer force of his will. Greg Mortenson was a determined mountain climber who made a fundamental error when descending from a climb on K2. Having lost his way, he eventually ended up in a village whose members nursed him back to health and offered him a level of hospitality he had never before experienced. This profound incident moved Mortenson to make a vow that he would build a school for that village to ensure its future survival and prosperity. This book is a memoir of the events leading up to that first school and the many more that came after it. The work Mortenson does takes a political turn after the events of 9/11, when the eyes of the world turned upon the region of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortenson continued his work while trying to explain to a Western public not only what he was doing, but why it should matter to the rest of us. It is a heart-warming tale of an inexperienced fund raiser determined to make a difference.

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The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban's backyard. 349p.

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Report This Aug 23, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Haji Ali spoke. ‘If you want to thrive in Baltistan, you must respect our ways. The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die. Doctor Greg, you must take time to share three cups of tea. We may be uneducated but we are not stupid. We have lived and survived here for a long time.’ "

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