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Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
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Jul 26, 2009

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bookshelves: inspirational, non-fiction, read-in-2009
Recommended for: teachers, advocates for children

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin tells an amazing story of one man who makes a world of difference for the people of Pakistan, especially young girls. Seeing what Greg Mortenson has done in building schools and promoting peace is simply inspiring - he is a true American hero. This book should be read by anyone whose ever aspired to help others but thought their one-person power was too small. Mortenson will show you otherwise.

This book also offered a truly interesting perspective of the events of 9/11 from Pakistanis' points of view. Their empathy for Greg's America and determination to protect him was uplifting - a reminder that we really are all connected here on this planet, just as humans.

The biggest thing I didn't like about this book was that even though it was written by Greg Mortenson (the main character) and his co-author David Oliver Relin, the book is still written in third person. Often times, I felt like I was reading just one long quote from Mortenson, and much of the story felt second-hand, like a newspaper article in which I couldn't decipher truth from the added "flair." I really wish the authors had worked together to write it in first person from Greg's perspective, because I think it would have offered so much more emotion to and connection from the reader.

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