Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
rating: 5 of 5 stars
This true story was inspiring. The story of one incredible man's love for mountain climbing, that leads to the adventure of a lifetime. He and his wife (who is also a hero in her own right) are awesome.
I LOVE ...
* Stories about far-away places and learning the variety of cultures.
* People with crazy missions who stop at nothing to accomplish their goals. It is amazing how much one person can change so many lives.
* The way Mortenson adapted to the Islamic culture, learned the languages, dressed the part, and even learned to pray to Allah.
* Most Importantly, I love the idea of fighting the war on terror through education instead of violence.
It found it interesting to read how the Taliban is using the same tactics as Mortenson in order to win support in these rural areas - and they are winning. They have already established tons of schools called madrassas, barring women and teaching only Islam and warfare. Giving these people schools where you learn basic skills instead of extremist propaganda would be the best step toward a long-term solution for peace.
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