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.