Three Cups of Tea tells the powerful story of Greg Mortenson, failed mountain climber who has build more than 80 schools for girls in the mountains ofThree Cups of Tea tells the powerful story of Greg Mortenson, failed mountain climber who has build more than 80 schools for girls in the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Failing to reach the summit, Mortenson became disoriented and lost on his trip back down the mountain. He was rescued by the people of a small village and he promised to build them a school.
Back in the United States, he could have easily forgotten his promise, but he did not. He worked as a nurse while living in his car to raise enough money to go back to Pakistan and build that first school. This is the inspiring story of one man's passion to make a difference. Ten out of ten people would have given up, but Mortenson did not. He is the rare individual who keeps going despite the obstacles he faces, including being kidnapped and having his life threatened by two fatwas.
I did feel sorry for Mortenson's wife and children having to live with the fact that their husband and father was gone for weeks and months. Sometimes our passions and obsessions hurt the people we love the most. Some people are not meant to marry and have children if they can not care for them.
This book is a memoir masquerading as biography. The book is written in the third person as a biography. Most of the material, I am sure, came from Mortenson. David Oliver Relin then reformed and reshaped the material into a biography with a few quotes from people Mortenson knows. The prose is very workmanlike and uninspiring. If you can get beyond the prose, the story will touch your heart and teach you much.
This is a story that needs to be read by every politician and wanna-be politician the world over. There are better ways of changing the world then through war.
If you have watched the movie, Twelve Years a Slave, then you should read this book. If you have not watched the movie, Twelve Years a Slave, then youIf you have watched the movie, Twelve Years a Slave, then you should read this book. If you have not watched the movie, Twelve Years a Slave, then you definitely need to read this book. The book is an as-told-to story by Solomon Northup, a man who was born, raised and living in New York state. As Northup tells the story, he was conned into traveling to Washington D.C. where he was drugged, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the deep South in 1840. He spent 12 years as a slave before he was able to send information of his whereabouts to friends who traveled south and freed him. .
The book shares the experience of one man as a slave and all the horrors that he faced. Married with children before the kidnapping, Northup suffered as no person should be made to suffer. He was whipped, beaten and almost hung. His skills as violin player and his intelligence kept him alive through these difficult, almost unbearable times. He was also forced to whip other slaves.
The book was written by David Wilson who served as Northup's ghost writer. It followed in the footsteps of the publishing success of Uncle Tom's Cabin and was used by the abolition forces to further their cause. After Northup's release from slavery, he traveled around the north giving anti-slavery speeches and may have been involved in the Underground Railroad, though, there is no evidence to support this. Published in 1853, the book was an instant success with 8,000 copies being sold in the first month. The book went out of print in 1856 and remained out of print until 1968.
Along side the amazing story of Solomon Northup is the fascinating story of Sue Lyles Eakin and the work she did to bring the book to the attention of American readers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Sue Eakin discovered an original copy of the book in a plantation home near where Northup was a slave when she was 12 years old. Northup's story became her life's passion. Dr. Eakin wrote her master's thesis about Northup's story and after decades of research produced the first authenticated edition in 1968. She continued to spend her life verifying, validating and substantiating the story through thousands of hours of research. In 2007, at the age of 88, she completed her final definitive edition with over 100 pages of new information, images and maps. In her spare time, she authored over a dozen other history books and was a history professor.
One of the fascinating facts that I learned in this book was that in 1840 New York state passed a law authorizing the governor the authority to seek the release of free people who were sold into slavery. This law is what the friends of Solomon Northup used to travel to Louisiana and secure his release.
Amazon lists more than 30 different editions of this book. I would recommend you purchase this edition by Dr. Sue Eakin which contains all her documentation and verification of the facts in the story. ...more
When I read Oedipus Rex by Sophocles in college, I laughed because for me it was comedy, not tragedy. I felt nobody spoke that way. In many respects,When I read Oedipus Rex by Sophocles in college, I laughed because for me it was comedy, not tragedy. I felt nobody spoke that way. In many respects, I responded to The Manchurian Candidate the same way. It is too far-fetched to be real. It is extremely exaggerated. It is political satire at its finest and I laughed. Writing in the 1950's in the middle of the cold war and during the era of Joe McCarthy, Condon lambasts the extreme right and corrupt politicians. The book has been made into a movie twice, but I have seen neither of them so I don't know if Hollywood created a serious political thriller or if they created a satirical film. Most of the satire has survived the 50+ years since it was published and is still as relevant today as it was when it was published.
If you choose to read this book, read it as political satire, not as a political thriller....more