From the author of the #1 bestseller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian’s efforts to promote peace through education
In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women—all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.
Since the 2006 publication of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials, and leading politicians who all seek his advice and insight. The continued phenomenal success of Three Cups of Tea proves that there is an eager and committed audience for Mortenson’s work and message.
I recently read Three Cups of Tea after already having a strong feeling that the United States involvement in Afghanistan needed to have more of a focus on humanitarian aid. After reading this, along with weekly articles in the New York Times by Thomas Friedman, I know now that the real path to peace is investing in our collective future. I feel that most humanitarian aid goes to a good cause, but without having on on the ground view point of where you are sending your money, the effect might not show true dividends. Greg Mortensen saw a need, and acted on it with no money, but a vision. I wish that one day we can all see someone struggling and put forth a miraculous effort to effectively provide a catalyst for those in need. I love my country and I feel that with the proper means, our government could begin leading the way for effective and specific humanitarian aid in the places "at the end of the road." Having spent time in Montucky as folks call it, it is a blessing to know that the gratitude that is instilled from growing up under the Big Sky has spread to the farthest parts of the world.