The continuing story of this determined humanitarian's efforts to promote peace through education from the author of the #1 bestseller Three Cups of Tea.
In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless and ongoi... ng efforts to set up girls' schools in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan following a massive earthquake in 2005; and the unique ways in which he has established relations with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders He shares his broader vision of promoting peace through education and literacy for the first time, as well as touching on military issues, Islam, and women-all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian endeavor.
Since Three Cups of Tea's release in 2006, Mortenson has traveled across the United States and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials and leaders who are all seeking his advice and insight. The continuing phenomenal success of Three Cups of Tea demonstrates that Mortenson's work and message has an eager and committed audience.
...we're also extremely sensitive to the difference between literacy and ideology. It is our belief that the first helps to thwart intolerance, challenge dogma, and reinforce our common humanity. The second does the opposite.
Because most of the girls were still in mourning and all of them had lost their textbooks, even pencils and pens, Shaukat Ali began the first classes by reading to them from poetry and religious texts. "Reading, literature, and spirituality are good for the soul," he told them. "So we will start with these studies.
the people who live in the last places - the people who are most neglected and least valued by the larger world - often represent the best of who we are and the finest standard of what we are meant to become. This is the power that last places hold over me, and why I have found it impossible to resist their pull.