THREE CUPS OF TEA
One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . .One School at a Time
A book review by Charlie Courtois
This is the most amazing story I ever read. It could also be a viable solution for today's terrorism. Greg Mortenson, a mountain climber, carries out an unimaginable series of humanitarian accomplishments against the forces of ignorance; greed and corruption in Pakistan and Afghanistan that I believe have ever been revealed in modern times.
Relin wrote: "Word spread, among villagers, that an enormous infidel in brown pajamas was loading a truck full of supplies for Muslim schoolchildren." Village elders, though grateful, informed Mortenson that first he needed to build a bridge in order to transport materials and workers around the mountain. Some two years later, in 1995, Mortenson supervised as a 248-foot suspension bridge anchored by 64-foot twin towers resulted from the labors of the locals.
How this one man is making a difference in the world, gives hope to every human who ever uttered the phrase, "I am just one person." 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.
Learn how a starving struggling culture, misunderstood by most Americans, is enhanced by a single minded individual who keeps his promise. By the end of the book, Greg has made 27 trips to Pakistan, commuting halfway around the world with the casual air of a business traveler shuttling between Chicago and Cleveland. He has built 55 schools, which insures the girls in the culture get educated as well.
It takes more than money to help the underprivileged and Greg Mortenson has shown how to do it with pennies compared to the billions spent by the nations of the world.
This well written book is a legacy of courage, struggle, love, compassion, understanding, and incredible achievement against insurmountable odds, is what lies ahead if you decide to read: "Three Cups of Tea."
Published by Penguin Books, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, ISBN 0-670-03482-7,
2006, Hardback, 2007, Paperback