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Greg Mortenson, the author, eventually revealed that the salient points of his fascinating story was all designed to bring him money from gullible donors, rather than build schools for girls in Afghanistan. We ran yard sales and donated hundreds of dollars to his foundation before we learned the truth. He is a fascinating man, this is a fascinating story, and taken as true it is heartwarming and heartbreaking. Made many, many people want to help, and many of those did help. BUT...this should be considered a FICTION book and enjoyed as such. this and his next book were both frauds on the American public. Well written, hard to put down, but of course, it's so much more interesting if you believe him. Don't.
I'm always frustrated when i see this book selected as a book club read or as an assignment for kids. I wonder whether teachers discuss the story behind it or encourage them to read Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer. The story itself is inspiring, but false and should be read as fiction, not a true account. The author has been hailed as a hero when he deserve no such title.
Such an inspiring story! I learned about one’s determination and dedication to build schools for girls across Pakistan and Afghanistan, but also one’s immense struggles to do so. This story was certainly an eye-opener and definitely a recommended read!
If you enjoy romantic tales of white men in peril from evil foreigners, eh, check it out of the library and fill your boots. If you are tempted to send the smarmy author any of your money, first read Three Cups of Deceit, Jonathan Krakauer's brutal take-down of this dubious charity. Mortensen makes James Frey look like an amateur.
I liked the messages directed towards all ages. I thought that it was very admirable of Greg Mortenson to return and help the village of Korphe. The sections where Greg added his feelings and opinions were interesting to read. Overall, this was a good book that I would recommend to others interested in the status of children's education around the world.
MUST be read before "three cups of deceit" by Jon Krakauer! when both are finished, look up "greg mortenson" on the internet...say what?
Very disappointed to discover that much of this book is based on fantasy!
'In fact, there are dozens of demonstrable falsehoods in both Three Cups of Tea, and its sequel, Stones into Schools, which cannot be passed off as “omissions and compressions.” Mortenson’s outlandish claim, for example, that he was kidnapped by the Taliban in South Waziristan, when actually he was hosted there by gracious tribesmen who treated him as an honored guest, and had no connection whatsoever with the Taliban.
No less outrageous is Mortenson’s insistence that he built schools in territory that was under Taliban and Al Qaeda control, as a way of combating their ideological influence and waging his own nonviolent “War on Terror” (the subtitle of the first edition of Stones into Schools was “Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan”). In truth, all but a tiny number of the schools established by CAI have been built in peaceful locales where jihadist groups have little or no influence. ' from an article written by Jon Krakauer
Très recommandable! Donne un regard neuf sur la dure réalité en Afghanistan.
A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "While this was an okay read- definitely not one of those "can't put it down" books. Its got a good concept and some very interesting facts of culture and language. Sometimes hard to understand."
I read this in 2010 and was very excited about it, I also bought a copy.....Recommend to read "Three Cups of Deceit" by Jon Krakauer before or after reading this. Very thought provoking and a little disturbing, my faith in humanity is very much tarnished, but why should that surprise me!
this book is very inspiring on how one man changed schools one at a time. Its great to see someone fight terriorism across the sea. I am sure the kids there admired his strength and courage to help them in a sad time in their lives
this book three cups of tea by Greg Mortenson is about how this guy Greg Mortenson who was drifted into Pakistan village and had tried to climb K2 but could not do it so after that he had promised that he is going to return and build a school. when he had came back he did not just build one school but he had build more than one which was especially made for the girls.
This is the true story of Mortenson’s work building schools in remote villages in Pakistan. A trained nurse, mountaineer, natural linguist and diplomat moves from a lost climber who promises a school to one small village, to a major player in promoting peace through education in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is an inspiring account of what one humble person can do and is good reading for anyone who wants to understand more about Central Asia.
interesting book. i enjoyed reading it...but half way through it started to get boring. i recommend it though
I was distressed when praising this book to learn what Loreen and other person wrote here. PLEASE INDICATE ON THE LIBRARY BOOK BEING CIRCULATED THAT IT IS NOT TRUE in consideration of those who like me have not heard about the fraud. Thank you August 22, 2012
Greg Mortenson has probably done more for girls education then any other person, reading the book was highly enjoyable.
There are some questions on how much success greg has accomplished and there are some indications that there are more setbacks, but we are looking at a Herculean task, and no question that Greg has done more then anyone else to complete this task.
Overall, Three Cups of Tea is a small glimpse into the work done in Pakistan and Afghanistan by Greg Mortenson. However, I found the work more like a report rather than a story. There were some problems with the actual writing of the book- mixed tenses and perspective being a few. I would recommend The Young Reader's Edition of Three Cups of Tea which includes essential maps, and glosseries.
About a man who is passionate in helping children in Pakistan and Aghanistan by educating to them, as well as, women to ensure healthier lives so that the kids live long enough to attend school and learn how to read and do math, etc in a safe environment.
Reading the book, I enjoyed it knowing it was a memoir of this person's life and the interesting people he meets. It was written well with inspiration and good intentions, however after reading it, I found out the controversy surrounding the author and the credibility of his story. So I am rating it 3 stars
I heard hes in questioning to see if half of what he wrote is actually true
this book is boring and I heard hes in questioning right now to see if the book is actually true...
who knows what hes done with all the money