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Book Recommendation: Three Cups of Tea
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Authors: Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

Country: United States

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin Group

Publication year: 2006

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Introduction

Three Cups of Tea describes Mortenson’s transition from a registered nurse and mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and promoting education for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Following the beginnings of his humanitarian efforts, Mortenson became co-founder of the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit group that, as of 2010, reports it has overseen the building of over 171 schools. CAI reports that these schools provide education to over 64,000 children, including 54,000 girls, where few education opportunities existed before in the remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Comments

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 Amazon.com

(Source: http://www.amazon.com/Three-Cups-Tea-Mission-Promote/dp/0143038257 )

Some failures lead to phenomenal successes. 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 that 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.

From Publishers Weekly

(Source: http://www.amazon.com/Three-Cups-Tea-Mission-Promote/dp/0143038257 )

 

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