This book is a story about a man who discovers his life mission to change the world through the use of education in Pakistan. Greg Mortenson was an avThis book is a story about a man who discovers his life mission to change the world through the use of education in Pakistan. Greg Mortenson was an avid mountaineer. After a failed attempt at climbing K2 he embraces an even mightier challenge than mountaineering: constructing schools in remote areas of Pakistan. This book is about the story of that journey and explores the historical, religious, and cultural undertones that make this such a mighty challenge for an American. He starts by building one school and ultimately 23 through the Central Asia Institute.
Mortenson has an intriguing background; he spent a significant portion of his childhood in Africa. Much of his personal life is unveiled in biographical style. We learn about the death of his sister and the significance that it played in his life as a mountaineer. We also learn about how he met his wife, Tara, at a fund raising event.
Along his journey to build the schools Mortenson encounters many trials and tribulations when it comes to fund raising and public relations; we learn that these are not his fortes. He eventually builds connections to wealthy supporters in both the U.S. and Pakistan to help his CAI efforts.
The story itself is touching and inspirational; the message about fighting terrorism is an important one. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for the minutiae provided about the people Mortenson encounters; ultimately, it distracts from the story on many occasions. I think background information is important, but bombarding readers with a plethora of names and details that aren’t terribly relevant made the story difficult to follow at times.
*It has come to be known that the author of this book is a fraud....more