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Three Cups of Tea

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  8,011 ratings  ·  1,332 reviews
On the afternoon of September 2, 1993, Greg Mortenson realized that he had failed in his attempt to climb K2, the world's second-highest mountain. But disappointment was the least of his problems. Emaciated, exhausted, thoroughly disoriented, and suffering from edema, his grip on life was loosening. He was taken in and nursed back to health by the impoverished populace of ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Puffin Books (first published 2006)
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I'm not really a fan of true stories. Fiction is the section of the library that I'm always poking around in. But THREE CUPS OF TEA, even the Young Reader's Edition, by Greg Mortenson, totally enveloped me in its adventure. Who knew that one mountain climber could experience so much, and help so many people? Well, apparently the Chief of this village knew.
I could not believe how sad this story was, while at the same time enlightening. While children all over the U.S. sit in classrooms with desks
Yumi Learner
Today I would love to write the review of "Three Coups of Tea". A couple of days ago, I read the book in English. It was very inspiring and motivating. Have you heard about the name, "Greg Mortenson"? To tell you the truth, before I read the book, I didn't know about him at all.

He is kind of an American hero. I think most of people know about Mother Teresa because of her great activities. I can tell you that Greg Mortenson looks like her because of his great activities. He is still struggling to
Sharupa Azmal
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is a very touching book that describes the struggles of the children of Pakistan and Afghanistan who can’t get an education like American children. An American man who is Greg Mortenson tries to climb the second highest mountain in honor of his younger sister but instead gets stuck in a village where he witnesses small children getting their education. After seeing this he can’t bear to see them in pain so as a result he decides to build ...more
Greg Mortenson quotes Mother Teresa and lives by her devotion to help others, "What we are trying to do may be a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of the missing drop". Providing an education to kids and more importantly girls, in Afghanistan and Pakistan is Greg's way to enhance peace and provide people with a reason to live over die.

I thought the story was great. I have true admiration for a man that cherishes education and others as much as he does. It is an inspiring st
Michelle Hankes
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't know what to expect at first, but it really enthralled me and I wanted to know more.

I ended up with the Young Reader's Edition from the library (not realizing it at first and I would also like to make note that in the book itself, the Young Reader's version is actually called the Young Adult version - there's a difference!). I found that this version moved everything along quickly, sometimes too quickly, but I got the most out of it because it really focused
I read "The Young Reader's Edition" of this book, and that turned out to be a good thing. #1. It was abridged. #2. It included simple definitions for words and terms that "young readers" might not know.

This guy goes to Pakistan to climb a mountain, gets lost and ends up in a very small village, where the people nurse him back to health. One day he sees the village children all sitting together outside, quietly working, and without any adults. He asks, and is told that they are in "school". They
Three cups of tea is a book about Greg Mortenson who tried to climb K2 the second highest mountain in the world. Greg fails and then meets a group of Afghan people who are in a tribe. Greg gets offered tea and realizes they keep asking him he wants more. Greg finds out later on that, if you get one cup of tea you are a stranger, two cups of tea you are a friend, three cups of tea and you become family. This would explain the title, Three Cups of Tea. Greg then begins to think of ways to give bac ...more
I thought three cups of tea was a decent book having read ti with my geography teacher and my entire 7th grade class i believe this book truly shows the true side of pakistan citizens and tribes this book was a good read and kept me busy for about a week i cant imagine how long the adult version is. i wish people however would stop stereotyping people as terrorists just because they are from the middle east or and stereotypes for that matter. But this book was one of the best i have ever read an ...more
So I have had this book in the back of my mind for a while now, but haven't really come across it when checking out books. I was looking through the YA/kid section of the e-library with my youngest son the other day and stumbled upon the young reader's edition and decided it would be good summer reading for all three of us (myself and my two boys).

Besides chronicling his work building bridges and schools and the CAI foundation, Three Cups of Tea seeks to bridge cultural gaps. Mortenson makes sev
Mar 18, 2011 Forgetfulone rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Forgetfulone by: Social Studies Department
Shelves: 2011, nonfiction
I'm having a difficult time getting through this one. I'm about 1/4 through. Everyone says, "Oh that is such a good book!" I'm just not feeling it, though.

Update - I'm finally finished, and I didn't think it was a great book. I have mixed feelings about the work Mortenson is doing in the middle east, and I believe there is a lot of self-promotion on his part. He has another book out. After looking at it, particularly the pictures included, I believe it shows just how much of a "personality" he'
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This heart throbbing story that pulls at your heart strings was amazing. I do have to say though, this book was very well written, but seemed almost too well written. It had so many details that I wouldn't even be able to remember. It seemed like this book was looked over carefully and was written very...neatly. And with all the controversy of what is true and what is not, Greg is a liar, he did this and didnt do that, the whole nine yards, made it hard to concentrate on the re
This book is about an American climber named Greg Mortenson. He had went to climb K2, in memory of his sister who had died of a seizure. However when he had returned from a failed climb, he had gotten lost and wandered into a poverty stricken village called Korphe. This village is in Pakistan and they have no building for education. Most the time they do not even a teacher. When Greg had saw this he had decided to make a difference and make a school. However making this school had a great deal ...more
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

"With the first cup of tea, you are a stranger, with the second cup of tea you are a friend, and with the third cup of tea you are family." - Haji Ali

In the inspiring book of Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, is about one man's journey to making a difference one child at a time. Greg Mortenson is a mountain climber and works as an emergency room nurse. Greg was climbing the second tallest mountain in the world, K2 in Pakistan in honor of his sister Christa
I really enjoyed this. A while ago I tried to read the "adult" version, and just didn't make it through. This book would be great to read and discuss with a group of kids learning about the middle east, or even about current events. Mortenson's passion and his honest account (even about his own stupidity or poor planning) make for an earnest and informative book. It definitely makes the point that there is truly nothing like a good education, and that somewhere, priorities have gotten out of wha ...more
"You can hand out condoms, drop bombs, build roads, or put in electricity, but until the girls are educated a society won’t change." — Greg Mortenson . This book was about a man named Greg who loves to hike and decides to try to hike one the tallest mountains in Pakinstan. While he is on this adventure he gets throwned off of the trail he is suppose to be following with the other people he is hiking with and doesnt know where is he is. While he is lost wihtout no food or water he trys to find hi ...more
Greg Mortenson is a man that started out to climb the worlds toughest and second highest mountain K-2 he didn't accomplish it, but other men have said he is trying to climb an even harder mountain: building school for children. He is a really great man. Sometimes celebreties are over-pestered with their fans. When they are home with their family, it is family time. It was amazing how the villages would try to bribe him to get schools. He later decided it was best to start the CAI (Central Asia I ...more
I had to read the Young Reader's edition for a book discussion (and I didn't really have time to read the original version either). I thought it was fascinating to learn about the hugely different culture of Islam (something I was already interested in) and I really respected what Greg Mortenson was doing. I liked that he is trying to educate children, especially girls, in order to make necessary changes in the culture itself. Schools would ultimately make a real change in Pakistan and Afghanist ...more
Tay [is yumalishious]
Okay, my reviews for this book are 99% negative, for many reasons.

-Reason one:
I was bored OUT OF MY MIND. By that I mean I don't care. Don't get me wrong, I sympathize the children in Afghanistan and Pakistan that go without the necessities that I don't think about, but I really don't care. I don't know why but I just don't.
-Reason two:
This was for school. All books chosen by schools (my school at least) are so unbearable that I want to die because they follow stupid guidelines. One of the guide
Ann McKee
Greg Mortenson stumbled upon his life's work by accident. A nurse by training, he was attempting to climb K2 to honor the memory of his youngest sister, Christa. Christa had died of an epileptic seizure on her 23rd birthday. Greg failed to reach the summit of K2 and on the way down, he became separated from his climbing party. He had no food and no warm clothing until he wandered into the village of Korphe. The people welcomed him, gave him food, shelter and warm clothing, and nursed him back t ...more
I was always somewhat interested in reading this book because I've heard a lot about it and that is was an inspiring story. The writing, however, leaves something to be desired. I know there is some controversy about the facts of the story - but I didn't really care about that. It's meant to inspire us to make changes in the world I don’t need to know if every detail is in the right setting or correct order or whatnot. I thought what this guy did was really great. I enjoyed the struggle of the j ...more
This book was about Greg Mortenson who was a mountain climber. He was climbing K2 when they couldn't make it to the summit because they had to bring a sick friend down. Climbing back up was exhausting because the air was thinner the higher they went. Greg found himself coming down the side of the mountain and ended up getting lost. He did this twice and ended up in the wrong village on the bottom of the mountain. The village took him in and helped him get his strength back and after he was ready ...more
This story is about a man named Greg Mortenson who wants to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, in the Karakoram range of northern Pakistan, to lay his dead sister's necklace on the summit. However, when Greg got lost while trying to save another climber, he came across Korphe, a small village built on a shelf jutting out from a canyon. He was taken in by the chief elder of Korphe, Haji Ali. To repay the community for its hospitality, Mortenson promised to build a school for the villa ...more
The book begins with Greg Mortenson coming down from the near peak of K2 (The second tallest mountain after Everest). He gets lost from his other climbers and stumbles into a village in remote Pakistan where he is able to get his health back. After seeing the poverty and lack of a school, he vows to build a school for the people.

Greg runs into several snags along the way, but is moved by the people he meets to finish the school and then eventually work full time for an organization whose goal it
Kathrine Holyoak
I have such conflicting feelings about this book! I was 1/4 of the way into it (and connecting) when my 6th grade daughter said, "Oh, my class talked about how sad it is that the book is not true." I was devastated. I felt emotionally gyped. I hopped online to fact check. I found the 60 Minutes story and attendent backlash. I was sad/mad at the author. However, I decided to continue reading it for the general principles, if not the actual details. I skimmed some, but read the majority. At the co ...more
Age Level: 10-18

This is such a great story about Greg Mortenson and his interest in building schools in Afghanistan. I read this book with a student I was tutoring over the summer. There is an adult version, a young adult version and a children's version. All these books tell the story of how this man fought many hardships to get these schools built. I thought it was interesting that once he knew what he wanted to do and tried to start raising funds, no one would help him. He had becom
I finally read this short book on my daughter's recommendation. It is the "Young Reader's Edition," so while not a gripping or challenging read, it was inspirational nonetheless. It is a biographical account of philanthropist Greg Mortenson's extraordinary life spent helping others, specifically children in Pakistan. He has done so much to better the lives of so many by raising money, literally building schools, promoting education for girls, and providing other services such as clean water and ...more
ok, so, i can tell the story is wrapping up. Greg is moving on to Afghanistan and has finished making his school in Pakistan,the school, i think, turned out well, except, sadly, terrorists had taken over, in the event 9/11. This event interests me deeply, it was held in New York, by many different cultures together, one of the cultures was Pakistan's. So U.S armies where killing innocent children back in Pakistan with Landmines. It tears Greg apart, but its true, apparently the bombs look like p ...more
This book had me in tears on so many occasions. One American man trying to help small poor villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan build schools during a time of great unrest and war. Illiterate tribal leaders understanding that educating the children is a way to bring peace to their countries. Children learning that they can make a difference in the world. This books is a children's adaptation of the NY Times best seller. In simple language that kids can understand, it tells the story of how Greg ...more
Pedantic in the extreme and an indulgently self-congratulatory book (self-observation that he [Greg:] deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. But, I suppose, if a school can be built because someone is inept at mountain-climbing, then it's a Good Thing.

The Intent of this work is decent, the Reason seems quite shallow.

I've compared some chapters between the "adult" and "young readers" versions, and find Mortenson is no less pedantic towards his "adult" readers, although the glossary seems to
What a difference one person makes! I loved this book! Very inspiring true story from a "local" person. Greg is a climber and decides that he's going to climb K2. He doesn't complete his mission but on his descent he takes a wrong turn. He ends up in a little village and ultimately decides he's going to go back to the village one day and build them a school. Kevin believes you can fight war by education and giving young people something to live for. There are some great quotes from the book - bu ...more
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Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute, Pennies For Peace, and co-author of New York Times bestseller ‘Three Cups of Tea’ ( which has sold 3 million copies, been published in 39 countries, and a New York Times bestseller for three years since its January 2007 release, and Time Magazine Asia Book of The Year.

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“But what I really believe is education is a key to pretty much everything - prosperity, economics, peace, stability.” 2 likes
“Greg has never been on time in his life," his mother said. "Ever he was a boy, Greg has always operated on African time." In Africa, many people have a more relaxed attitude towards time than is common in the United States. What an African would consider on time, an American would probably think of as late.” 0 likes
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