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Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan [Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Khaled Hosseini , Greg Mortenson , Atossa Leoni
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Dec 2009
In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women - all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin USA; Unabridged edition (Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143144960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143144960
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 15.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,538,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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photo (c) 2009 Khyber Mortenson

Greg Mortenson is the director of the Central Asia Institute www.ikat.org and founder of Pennies For Peace www.penniesforpeace.org. He is the co-author and protagonist of Three Cups of Tea www.threecupsoftea.com, which has been a New York Times nonfiction bestseller for three years, and published in over three dozen countries.

Since a 1993 climb of Pakistan's K2, Mortenson has worked in rural Afghanistan and Pakistan to promote education and literacy, to establish 131 schools, especially for girls, which provide education to over 58,000 students, including 44,000 females.

Three Cups of Tea is mandatory reading for all senior U.S. military commanders, and U.S. Special Forces deploying to Afghanistan. The book has been a freshman or common book read in over 100 universities and colleges, and a 'One Book' read in over 240 communities. His second book, Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books Not Bombs in Pakistan and Afghanistan www.stonesintoschools.com will be released by Viking on December 1st, 2009

In 2009, Mortenson received the Sitara-e-Pakistan, which is Pakistan's highest civil award for his humanitarian efforts, While not overseas, Mortenson lives with his wife and two children in Montana.

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About the Author

Greg Mortenson is a former mountaineer and ER nurse, and is cofounding Director of the Central Asia Institute, raising $2.8 million dollars each year through tireless campaigning for modest individual donations. His previous book Three Cups of Tea has sold over 3 million copies in the US. He is the recipient of Pakistan's highest civil award (The Star of Pakistan) for his sixteen years work to promote education and peace in the region. He lives in Montana with his family.

Mike Bryan has written or collaborated on twenty-five books, including Cal Ripken's bestseller The Only Way I Know.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 28 Feb 2010
Format:Hardcover
Having read 3 Cups of Tea about 3 years ago I couldn't wait to find out what Greg Mortensen and his team have been doing since. I ended up ordering Stones into Schools from the States as it hadn't come out in the UK yet and it was well worth it. His team are amazing, their stories are amazing and what they're achieving, against all odds, is beyond comprehension. I would recommend this to anyone.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
"And let our people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful." -- Titus 3:14

Stones into Schools is a book that will change your life: Greg Mortenson impressively demonstrates that by following your heart to do what you can to help those in need, much can be accomplished . . . far beyond your wildest dreams.

The book is beautifully written: The structure and story-telling provide a sense of observing a heroic saga about an epic battle between ignorance and knowledge.

Most importantly, this is a book that can change the world by providing an example of seeking to listen to others, understanding them at the deepest level, selflessly helping to provide what they cannot do for themselves, and trusting that those in need will eventually take care of themselves and others like them.

I hope that many young people will read this book and decide to start up activities that follow a similar path of service to those who are being ignored . . . and need a helping hand.

If you read Three Cups of Tea, you would be foolish to miss this book. The opening briefly recounts those events (to refresh your memory if you didn't read it recently, or to fill in the gaps if you have never read it all). From there, the story mostly moves to Afghanistan as Greg Mortenson and his colleagues from the Central Asia Institute (CAI) seek to keep the promise to bring a school to what may be the most difficult location in that challenged country. If providing schools in remote locations isn't enough, CAI also had to brave the ongoing war there. The story moves into its highest gear as Mr.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 3 cups of deceit 9 April 2012
Format:Paperback
Before buying this book check out the book by Jon Krakauer Three Cups of Deceit also available on Amazon. Mortenson is someone who gives a bad reputation to charities. Although he has raised around $70m for his charity it turns out that many of the schools are either empty or unstaffed, or even never built. Only 45% of funds raised by contributions go into the schools and Mortenson himself charges the charity for expenses on his book tours while taking the royalties from all the books for himself. In April 2012 He was ordered to repay $1million by a US court to the charity, although he remains in control of it. Over $2million was spent of the charity's money by Mortenson on chartering private jets to get him from venue to venue.

The accounts in the books from 3 cups of tea onwards are almost certainly embroidered versions of what really happened. According to Krakauer this includes the original story of being lost on the glacier below K2 and arriving at the original village. Other details that are put in question are the length of time he stayed there, being kidnapped by the Taliban and so on. Krakauer even questions Mortenson's mountaineering pedigree and makes him appear to be a serial fantasist.

However, there is no question that Mortenson's work has captured the public imagination that there are alternatives to terrorism, and he has promoted education for girls. It is a shame that he is not as thorough in managing his charity on the ground as he is in his book selling and fundraising activities.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 14 Mar 2010
By fatima
Format:Paperback
I have just finished this inspirational book and loved it. Having read Three cups of tea I thought 'hard act to follow' No book is going to have such inpact on me as Three Cups did, but I was wrong. This one was just as good, just as inspirational... If you are looking for someting to lift your spirits and give you energy even if you are facing some hardship, this is the book.
I recomended Three Cups to many people and they are constantly comming back to me saying they have been recomending it further. Now I will start recomending this book too.
Definitely the book that will stay on top of my list for a very long time
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
"Three cups of tea", Greg Mortenson's first book spent 43 weeks at number one on the New York Times best sellers list for paperback non-fiction work. In that book he charts the origin of the Central Asia Institute and its initial progress building schools in Northern Pakistan. In this second book he picks up where three cups of tea leaves off, and brings the story right up to the end of 2009. During this time the CAI has extended its school building programme into Afghanistan. The book starts with an encounter between Greg and a group of horsemen who have been sent from the Wakram corridor in Northern Afghanistan with a plea to build a school at the very outer most edge of Afghanistan territory. Greg makes a promise to the horsemen to build the school, and the book follows the decade long quest to try and fulfil that promise and build it. The quest is interrupted by all sorts of problems, including the Pakistan earthquake in 2005 which diverts CAI into a devastated area in Pakistan, and the sorts of difficulties that you might anticipate (and others you can't even imagine) of working in a war zone. It is hard, of course, to separate the quality of the book from the noble nature of the deeds, but in this case there is no conflict. What Greg Mortenson and the CAI is achieving in Afghanistan is truly inspiring and amazing, but the book he has written about it is also beautifully crafted. Making the construction of the single school in the high Pamir's the central focus of the book really works, and for me a really big plus was that it is written in the first person, which was something that really grated with `three cups'. So at the end of the day I am stuck with Amazon's rating system, because there just aren't enough stars to do this book credit. It is an education to read it. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars truly inspiring
Loved reading about his vision and hard work in building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We need more people like Mortenson in the world.
Published 4 months ago by sugawp
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An excellent follow up to Three Cups of Tea. It really puts life into perspective. If only more could be done to help these deserving people
Published 5 months ago by aries
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read follow up to three cups of tea
Truly inspirational how one failed climber can turn hearts and minds to great success, Greg's adventures in Afghanistan should make us all ponder our role in this life.
Published 8 months ago by Valuks1
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book the second one he has written just shows us how much we take education for granted and shows even one person can make a change if they really want to a must read. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I think Greg is doing a fantastic job but sadly this
book is too much like Three Cups of Tea
Published 11 months ago by Mrs C M Clisby
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Guy
I read this having read Three Cups of Tea. This guy's determination to keep going against adversity to help build schools in some of the most remote parts of the world is... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mrs J K Townsend
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story and Adventure: together with the dog that didn't bark!
This is really good story. It is a story that no one knows, on average. No one hears that good things are happening in Afghanistan. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Duncan Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" book
Excellant follow on to Three Cups of Tea and despite the coninued bad news that eminates from this area the book shows there is some hope.
Published on 18 May 2012 by Keith W
5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues
An excellent follow on from "Three Cups of Tea". Shows the power of an individual's belief and commitment to a cause. Very readable too.
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Big V
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is an amazing book. The postage to South Korea was extortionate, more than the book itself, however, it arrived quickly and as expected.
Published on 24 Nov 2011 by KoreanPig11
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