"One day in 1993, high up in the world's most inhospitable mountains, Greg Mortenson wandered lost and alone, broken in body and spirit, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's deadliest peak.
When the people of an
impoverished village in Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya took him in and
nursed him back to health, Mortenson made an impulsive promise: He would
return one day and build them a school.
Although he was a
homeless "climbing bum" living out of his aging Buick in Berkeley,
California, Mortenson sold what few possessions he had to launch one of
the most remarkable humanitarian campaigns of our time."
Cups of Tea" traces Mortenson's decade-long odyssey to build schools,
especially for girls, throughout the region that gave birth to the
Taliban and sanctuary to Al Qaeda.
While he wages war with the
root causes of terrorism - poverty and ignorance - by providing both
girls and boys with a balanced, nonextremist education. Mortenson must
survive a kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, death threats
from Americans who consider him a traitor, and wrenching separations
from his family."
Today, as the director of the Central Asia
Institute, Mortenson has built fifty-five schools serving Pakistan and
Afghanistan's poorest communities. And as this real-life Indiana Jones
from Montana crisscrosses the Himalaya and the Hindu Kush fighting to
keep these schools functioning, he provides not only hope to tens of
thousands of children, but living proof that one passionately dedicated
person truly can change the world. From Goodreads.
This book describes a very good cause, providing for schools in quite poor areas facing huge challenges. I am supportive of the cause but wary of a book that is purely praising the author himself.
This book qualifies for:
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge
Serious Readers 2013
Tower Teams Read 2013-2
2013 Ebook Challenge
NBRC Stuck in a Rut
Beat the Heat Readathon 2013
2013 Literary Exploration Reading Challenge