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.
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.