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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141047143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141047140
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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"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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"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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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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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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