Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea

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Author: Greg Mortenson
David Oliver Relin/
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 349
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143038252


The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban's backyard.

Anyone who despairs of the individual's power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan's treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade, he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson's quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

“Here (in Pakistan and Afghanistan)”, we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything – even die.”
- Haji Ali, Korphe Village Chief, Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan

“Mortenson’s mission is admirable, his conviction unassailable, his territory exotic and his timing excellent.”
- The Washington Post

“If we Americans are to learn from our mistakes… we need to listen to Greg Mortenson.”
- Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America

“Laced with drama, danger, romance, and good deeds, Mortenson’s story serves as a reminder of he power of a good idea and the strength inherent in one person’s passionate determination to persevere against enormous obstacles.”
- The Christian Science Monitor


Introduction in Mr. Mortenson’s Orbit

1. Failure
2. The Wrong Side of The River
3. "Progress and Perfection"
4. Self-Storage
5. 580 Letters, One Check
6. Rawalpini’s Rooftops at Dusk
7. Hard Way Home
8. Beaten By the Braldu
9. The People have Spoken
10. Building Bridges
11. Six Days
12. Haji Ali’s Lesson
13. ‘A Smile Should Be More Than A Memory’
14. Equilibrium
15. Mortenson in Motion
16. Red Velvet Box
17. Cherry Trees in the Sand
18. Shrouded Figure
19. A Village called New York
20. Tea with The Taliban
21. Rumsfeld’s Shoes
22. "The Enemy is Ignorance"
23. Stones into Schools