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December 2013 - Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

posted Nov 27, 2013, 4:45 AM by Jeff Nichols   [ updated Nov 27, 2013, 8:09 AM ]
Quoting the cover summary:
The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard
Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

Susan has been reading this book.  She recommended it for December.

To avoid Christmas week, the December meeting is in just three weeks.  Susan said the book is about 300 pages and not a detailed read.  The audiobook is 13.5 hours on Audible.  I'm not sure why it is so long for a 300 page book.  There is a Young Reader's version on Audible read by Vanessa Redgrave.

Update:
Before choosing the book we knew of some tax and other money issues with Greg Mortenson, the Three Cups of Tea author, but this article is scathing. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/08/is-it-time-to-forgive-greg-mortenson.html.  There are other authors who are manipulating the truth for their own benefit.  


Cover Image for Three Cups of Tea

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