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Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace - One School at a Time Paperback – Audiobook, January 30, 2007
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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."
From Bookmarks Magazine
While critics agree that Three Cups of Tea should be read for its inspirational value rather than for its literary merit, the book's central theme, derived from a Baltistan proverb, rings loud and clear. "The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger," a villager tells Greg Mortenson. "The second time, you are an honored guest. The third time you become family." An inspirational story of one man's efforts to address poverty, educate girls, and overcome cultural divides, Three Cups, which won the 2007 Kiriyama Prize for nonfiction, reveals the enormous obstacles inherent in becoming such "family." Despite the important message, critics quibbled over the awkward prose and some melodrama. After all, a story as dramatic and satisfying as this should tell itself.
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Having said all of that, I did not like the way that Greg's story was told. The author, David Oliver Relin, is a journalist and I expected him to be more objective. It is clear that Greg Mortensen is a hero, but the author feels the need to bludgeon the reader over the head with that statement when is not at all necessary. Anyone reading the facts will come to that conclusion.
I appreciated the photos which were provided. They put a face to several of the key Pakistani and American people portayed in the book, so they were more real. The map was also helpful except that several of the towns which were discussed in the last quarter of the book weren't pictured (so it was harder to place them in geographical context).
I recommend this book to everyone, and I plan to donate to the charity which Greg established.
This is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary man doing extraordinary things. Seldom can a person's work or experiences keep my interest or create in me the admiration that Greg Mortenson's life has in this book. Written in a third person narrative in an easy to read journalistic style, the book tells of the efforts of this man to fight terrorism in the way that makes the most sense, by offering to the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan education and other necessities for them to develop their own better lives where they live. He does not arrogantly build what he wants nor does he simply bull his way into tribes to force upon them his school with his vision. Instead, he works with the local tribal elders with the patience and respect not exhibited by our country's leaders and thereby collaborates with them to help them with their vision of a school, bridge or water system in their villages. It is an inspirational story that provides the clear message that shock and awe is a pathway to disaster for the entire global village.
Everyone should read this book and in reading it gain some understanding of the ways people must relate to each other - not as superiors to inferiors nor developed countries to developing countries but as equal humans with human needs and skills to be valued and included in efforts to marshall resources to the benefit of those who need them. In such a world, there is no hatred of the one who brings resources because there is respect shown for those who need them and the relationship is one of equals.
As we begin a new administration and live in the world made ever so much more dangerous by the policies of the past administration, we can only hope that the wisdom of Haji Ali shared with Greg Mortenson and recounted in this book becomes the cornerstone of diplomacy for all people and a real and lasting peace can grow from the mutual respect of people made enemies by military force.
Read it. Learn from it and find the way that you can participate in the world in your own way. Greg Mortenson did and this book tells us how important that is for us all.
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