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

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
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Oct 25, 2008

it was ok
Read in January, 2009

The story/premise around this true story is great. A very unique and dedicated individual builds schools and women's centers in remote Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to offer education as a means to fight Islamic extremists/terrorists. Great idea, inspiring story, good points about how not all Muslims are crazy whack jobs that want all Americans dead.

However....the book itself wasn't very well written. It was almost dissapointing to know that the story could have been written so much better and therefore inspired more people. The book is supposedly "co-authored" by Mortenson (the school builder) and a jourmalist, however it is written in the third person so I don't know how much Mortenson actually wrote. Also, the book pretty much tries to make Morteson godly...going on and on about what a hero he is. I agree that he is a great person, the book didn't need to go overboard.

The book is sometimes hard to follow - using names, local language and areas that unless you know about the Middle East very well makes you kind of gloss over and underappreciate the story. It is also very narrative and just plain could have been written much better.

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