Book Review – 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. Check availability here

After a failed attempt to climb K2, the world’s second highest peak, Mortenson was lost and dying when he was taken in by villagers in a remote region of Pakistan and was nursed back to health. As he was recuperating, Mortenson saw first hand the appalling status of the educational system in the area. In gratitude for the care he had received from the villagers, he vowed to return to the village and build a school – a vow that he was able to keep only after overcoming some significant religious, economic, and logistical hurdles. The success of that first school leads to a multi-year mission to build additional schools in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. To date, he has helped to build over 55 schools in the area.

This story is all the more captivating because it is true. Readers come away with a whole new perspective for an area of the world, where few have traveled. In reading this narrative, one can’t help but cheer every one of Mortenson’s successes – both the small and the large. It is an incredible story of sincerity, hard work, and dedication that is combined with a “failure is not an option” mentality. After reading this book, I was humbled by the variety and quality of the educational opportunities that I have had in this country and more grateful than ever for them.

Judy Markiewicz

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