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Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
*Starred Review* Mortenson’s best-seller, Three Cups of Tea (2009), introduced his commitment to peace through education and became a book-club phenomenon. He now continues the story of how the Central Asia Institute (CAI) built schools in northern Afghanistan. Descriptions of the harsh geography and more than one near-death experience impress readers as new faces join Mortenson’s loyal “Dirty Dozen” as they carefully plot a course of school-building through the Badakshan province and Wakhan corridor. Mortenson also shares his friendships with U.S. military personnel, including Admiral Mike Mullen, and the warm reception his work has found among the officer corps. The careful line CAI threads between former mujahideen commanders, ex-Taliban and village elders, and the American soldiers stationed in their midst is poetic in its political complexity and compassionate consideration. Using schools not bombs to promote peace is a goal that even the most hard-hearted can admire, but to blandly call this book inspiring would be dismissive of all the hard work that has gone into the mission in Afghanistan as well as the efforts to fund it. Mortenson writes of nothing less than saving the future, and his adventure is light years beyond most attempts. Mortenson did not reach the summit of K2, but oh, the heights he has achieved. --Colleen Mondor
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In THREE CUPS OF TEA, Greg Mortenson builds his first school in a feral part of Pakistan. In, STONES INTO SCHOOLS, Greg shows us what truly amazing things even the simplest, weakest, least valued, and the most neglected among us are capable of achieving.
Greg believes that the conflict in Afghanistan can be won with books, pencils, and other tools of socioeconomic well-being. After reading these two books, I'm convinced that this is true. He says, "to deprive Afghan children of education, is to bankrupt the future of the country, and doom any prospects of Afghanistan becoming someday a more prosperous and productive state."
Greg and his incredible team are especially great at advocating for girls' education. He explains the `Girl Effect' by showing us how young women have the biggest potential for creating change in a developing world.
This is an exceptionally inspiring book; I strongly recommend both, THREE CUPS OF TEA, and, STONES INTO SCHOOLS. This (STONES INTO SCHOOLS) was also the book that I choose to be the first that I purchased and read through my new Kindle. Neither one let me down in even the slightest way.
Stones into Schools definitely does not suffer from "sequel syndrome", in fact it was arguably even more captivating than Three Cups of Tea! Written in the first-person, Mortenson really builds a story-arc around what has happened since the last book. The success of Three Cups has drawn massive support for CAI, but also bares the burden of speaking engagements and book signings that take Mortenson away from his family and work. When he isn't traveling across the country promoting and fundraising (a job he despises), Mortenson is being rushed across Pakistan and Afghanistan by a quirky and enthusiastic staff of locals who you get to know and love throughout the book.
As Afghanistan returns to the forefront of the "War on Terrorism", Mortenson's experiences in the country show a whole other war brewing. A war being fought with books rather than bombs. A war by the Afghani population to close the chapter that has been 3 decades of conflict, and to reclaim their hopes and aspirations for a prosperous tomorrow. Fighting to bring education and literacy to girls in their communities include ex-mujahadeen and ex-Taliban. It's really amazing the strong yearning for education that exists even in the farthest corners of the country, and the barriers that are being broken to achieve it. This is the war that does not capture the media headlines, but in many ways is more important to the success and future sustainability of Afghanistan than anything else.
Can be enjoyed and appreciated by adults as well as children.