Three Cups of Tea
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ASIN: 0143038257
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this book but in my opinion, that doesn't take away from it's core message, that education is key to resolve many of the worlds issues. Since the scandals arose a few years ago it also provides another valuable lesson; the pitfalls of 'hero-worship'.
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About the Book

“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.”

-Amazon review written prior to the controversy that arose from a 60 minutes investigation.

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