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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 18 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 1, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B002ZF0YV8
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Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
Can be enjoyed and appreciated by adults as well as children.
Now, if I do nothing but shower STONES with encomia, this review would be, at best, unbalanced, so allow me to pick a single nit. I don't believe that Greg Mortenson wrote it. Throughout this entire biographical, historical, non-fiction work, Mortenson is rushing hither and yon in Afghanistan and Pakistan, holding jirga (conferences) with village elders, befriending former mujahadeen commanders, soliciting the support of American military officers, corralling construction supplies, and ferrying cash through hostile territory to pay teachers. When he finds himself back in the United States, he's continually on speaking tours to colleges, universities, book clubs, military academies, civic organizations, and public schools. Greg Mortenson has no time to write a book, and I am not at all ready to credit him as the author of this one. My skepticism is more or less confirmed in the Acknowledgements section (pages 381 - 382) when Mortenson thanks "two dedicated writers," Mike Bryan and Kevin Fedarko, for their "marathon efforts ... to bring this book to the finish line...."
So there it is: Greg Mortenson's name on the dust jacket and the title page notwithstanding, he is not the author, but you know, that is almost entirely beside the point. The point is that this book, like its predecessor, is about Greg Mortenson's efforts, and those of the entire Central Asia Institute staff, to accomplish something positive, far reaching, and significant in a region of harsh topography and climate, a region that has been wracked by warfare for three decades, that has endured invasions by two major world powers, the USSR and the USA, and that is under continuing attack by reactionary Taliban fighters. The amazing thing is the extent to which these efforts have succeeded and are still succeeding.
STONES INTO SCHOOLS is inspirational. It reads like a fictional adventure book. The action never flags. The suspense is tangible. The reader is determined to see how Mortenson or one of his compatriots can overcome the next challenge, and those challenges keep coming one after another. As we read, we wonder when Hollywood will come out with the movie version--and then we remember that this is not fiction at all, and we are amazed at the real-life drama unfolding in the pages. Moreover, we glimpse the peaceful, beautiful and friendly sides of countries and peoples that are too often portrayed in the media as stark, barren, and hostile. And we see a people with a tradition of illiteracy exhibiting a terrible thirst for education.
In short, both THREE CUPS OF TEA and STONES INTO SCHOOLS are, in retrospect, both sobering and instructional, yet both read like exciting adventure stories. For whom might I recommend these books? That's an easy one, for the answer is "everyone" from middle-school students to senior citizens. I honestly feel that you, whoever you may be, will enjoy the trip through these books and will come to the end of your literary journey a wiser person despite the fact that you enjoyed every step along the way!