Three Cups of Tea

Wow!  If ever there was a book to motivate you into action, Three Cups Of Tea (published by the Penguin Group) by authors Greg Mortenson and Oliver Relin is the one.  Mortenson certainly lives up to the idea that one man can make a difference. In his case a HUGE difference. Motivated by a failed attempt to climb K2, he decides to build a school in the tiny village of Korphe in Pakistan to thank the people of this community for nursing him back to health after his failed attempt to climb the world’s second highest mountain. Starting out with no money and no means, just his ambition, drive and sheer determination he goes on to eventually build 55 schools in Pakistan and Afganistan. (The total now stands at 70, not the 55 mentioned when the book was printed.) We also learn so much about the conflict in this area of the world that has plagued us since the 9/11 crisis. 2 years on The New York Times paperback best seller list certainly means that Dr. Greg (as he is affectionately known by the locals) is spreading the word about how education, not fighting, is the means to solving the problem of terrorism. There is a young reader’s edition of this book (9-12 year olds) as well as a picture book edition for really young readers. Smart, since this is a story for young and old alike.

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  1. Sabi Said,

    March 27, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    I’ve been meaning to pick this one up everytime I’m at Chapters. Maybe this will be the next on my list :)

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