Friday, August 23, 2013

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time Review

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time

by Greg Mortenson (Goodreads Author), David Oliver Relin

I may not have read this book had it not been the monthly selection for my local book club. It started out a bit slowly for me, but I wanted to complete it so as to participate in the discussion. I am so glad that I did as it was inspirational and amazing. Greg Mortenson has to be a contender for the Nobel Peace Prize because what other man or woman has the tenacity and courage to overcome such overwhelming obstacles and achieve something that has such potential to effect long-lasting peace. 

This book highlights the efforts from the very beginning of the quest of one man to bring education to a society of people who had never had such access and to even include girls in that process where they had heretofore been excluded. It begins almost as an accident when Mortenson drifts off the beaten path coming down from an attempt to climb K2. It ends with thousands of unschooled children attending classes in newly constructed schools complete with books and teachers. But it doesn't stop there. Infrastructures are addressed and vocational educational opportunities are provided to the women of the villages. Greg Mortenson seemingly can do more than entire governments can do spending much less money and doing so in an entirely unknown culture without offending the leaders - indeed through forging friendships with them. Governments, including our own, could learn a lot from Greg Mortenson. He honors all men and thus he is honored. That sounds fairly simple, but yet throughout history it seems to be one of the hardest lessons for individuals, for communities and for countries to learn.