by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
“One mans mission to fight terrorism and build nations… one school at a time.”
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A close friend of mine recommended Three Cups Of Tea to me about seven years ago, and I just now got around to reading it. Let me just say, better late than never! This is a non fiction account of the life and work of Greg Mortenson. What he (along with his supportive wife and countless others) was able to accomplish is nothing short of amazing and truly special.
Starting off as a mountaineer, circumstances transform him into a compassionate and effective humanitarian activist in the poorest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is the kind of book that everyone absolutely needs to read. It opened my eyes to an area of the world that we as North Americans are all to quick to fear and hate. Though it takes place primarily in the 90s and early 2000s, the story is still very relevant today. Maybe even more so now with America’s increasingly tense politics.
I have to be honest, I almost didn’t finish the book. There are definitely some dragging parts, and the author likes to jump around a lot between flashbacks and flash forwards and present time and all over in between. Though to be fair, many people probably don’t dislike this writing style nearly as much as I do. Plus there are A LOT of names and words and foreign customs to keep track of. But if you can get to the end of this book I PROMISE you will be a better person for it! Heck I even read the acknowledgements. My biggest takeaway (besides the rich culture) was Greg’s interesting insight to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And boy did I cheer him on as he battled terrorism with education and empowerment for the hopeless; especially for the females.
Just for awareness sake, I will mention that this is a book for adults (and probably teenagers). They do discuss sex a few times but it’s nothing detailed or graphic. A bit of cursing, but none of the majorly offensive words. If I were to judge this book with my usual superficial “style”, I’d probably give it a 3/5. But since I strongly believe that everyone should read it (we could all use a little more enlightening in our lives) my official rating will be a 5/5. I couldn’t agree more with the title of chapter 22 – “The enemy is Ignorance”. The kind of work these people are doing makes all the difference.
If you have any suggestions for interesting and inspirational books like this, I’d love to hear it!