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Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin: Three Cups of Tea

Posted by nybookworm on June 17, 2009

3 cupsThree Cups of Tea has become incredibly famous and widely-read so I won’t bother with too much background.  It’s a book about one man’s (Greg Mortenson) efforts to build schools throughout rural Pakistan and eventually Afghanistan. Mortenson was an avid mountain climber, which is how he ended up in rural Pakistan in the first place (trying to climb K2) so the book is packed with references to climbers and the climber lifestyle. This is obviously a timely book that is well-written with a lot of powerful images of the poverty and lifestyle of Pakistan’s rural mountain people. It’s also entertaining and enlightening but it is obviously by no means an impartial look at Mortenson’s work and his Central Asia Institute (CAI). It’s basically a promotional pamphlet for CAI turned into a book and it should be read as such.

Link to the book’s website: www.threecupsoftea.com

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