Friday, June 6, 2008

book recommendation

I just finished an amazing book called Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations. . . One School at a Time. The book chronicles the adventures and labors of Greg Mortenson, a former mountain climber turned humanitarian. In an attempt to summit K2 in Pakistan, one of the largest mountains in the world, Mortenson gets lost and almost dies. The people of Korphe, a small village at the base of the mountain help him and nurse him back to health. In return, Mortenson promises to return and help build a school for the village's children.

If you couldn't guess by reading the title, Mortenson doesn't stop at one school, but makes it his mission to give as many opportunities for education to the children of Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially girls. The books details his work over the last decade, roadblocks, triumphs, failures, and it is amazing. What I found the most fascinating was how Mortenson explains why bringing education to the children in Central Asia is the best attack in the "war on terrorism."

It is a really good book, very uplifting and inspiring and very well-written. Don't be deterred by all the names and places; I had a hard time keeping track at first, but it gets easier.

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