Stones into Schools Paperback – 4 Mar 2010
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very inspiring book about developing girls' education in Afghanistan & Pakistan. Despite the controversy surrounding Three Cups of Tea, the book makes a compelling case for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JK
A great follow up. What a great impression it must have made I the lives of those children.Published 6 months ago by Cynthia H.
fantastic book - a must read - along with the first book "3 cups of tea"Published 16 months ago by Chris S. Taylor
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