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From Viking Press
In regards to the 60 Minutes episode that aired April 17, 2011: "Greg Mortenson’s work as a humanitarian in Afghanistan and Pakistan has provided tens of thousands of children with an education. 60 Minutes is a serious news organization and in the wake of their report, Viking plans to carefully review the materials with the author."
Starred Review. Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse's unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson's efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world, Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts. (Mar.)
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Notwithstanding the scandal that erupted later (events in the book were disputed by Jon Krakauer and the mismanagement of Mortenson's charity Central Asia Institute), the main... Read morePublished 18 days ago by norcalgal
Good narrative of Mortenson's work. Not so clear when it gets to explaining parts of the wars/geography/culture/village interactions - gets a little confusing at points. Read morePublished 20 days ago by cccbooks1234
Good book. We could see dignity and grace in all kinds of people.Published 1 month ago by Chiu Shuk Yin
Mortenson is a con man and has dedicated his life to stealing other peoples hard earned money, defrauding his charity, lying about his exploits and generally being a complete waste... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
There are two things a book needs to be good; a good story and a good storyteller. This book has an excellent story but a not so good storyteller. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Melanie D. Typaldos