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Books more powerful than bombs

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Disoriented, lost, and ill, Greg Mortenson stumbled off the glaciers surrounding K2 – after a failed attempt on the summit – into the isolated Pakistani village of Korphe. Little did he know he was about to be flung into a drama that would shape his life. And little did he know that he would be a big part of bringing hope to thousands.


He describes it in the book reviewed below. It left me with an awareness that we are not helpless: we can do more than we think we can.

Hope you’ll read the book. And I hope I’ll not forget.

TIME MAGAZINE – Asia Edition; Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006; Best Asian Books of 2006

more on Three Cups of Tea

…Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Lost and delirious after a failed 1993 attempt on the world’s second tallest peak, K2, the American mountaineer Greg Mortenson was rescued by residents of Korphe, a remote village high in the Pakistani Himalayas. Grateful for their assistance, Mortenson vowed to build the villagers a school. He returned home to San Francisco, sold everything he owned (including his precious climbing gear), and then embarked on the most arduous quest of his career.

Three Cups of Tea, co-written by journalist David Oliver Relin, is the account of Mortenson’s extraordinary effort to give a school to Korphe and many other villages in the Taliban heartland.

After 13 years in which he has brought 58 schools to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Mortenson remains convinced that terrorism should be fought with books, not bombs. … “[Terrorism] happens because children aren’t being offered a bright enough future,” Mortenson told a gathering of U.S. Congress members not long after 9/11. Though awkwardly written in parts, Three Cups of Tea is an astonishing tale of compassion—and of a promise kept. —By Aryn Baker,13673,501061225-1570746,00.html
© 2006 Time Magazine. All Rights Reserved.

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Written by Monte

January 31, 2007 at 11:15 am

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  2. Thanks, Maverick – I agree!


    June 24, 2008 at 4:25 pm

  3. A tale that beautiful and courageous can not be spoiled or loose its beauty, however awkwardly it was written.


    June 23, 2008 at 11:50 am

  4. Monte, thanks for sending me here from clipcast!

    Monte Says: My pleasure! Come by anytime!


    February 7, 2008 at 8:31 am

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