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Stones Into Schools by Greg Mortenson
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Dec 06, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, non-fiction, read-in-2010, reviewed
Recommended for: Almost anyoine...
Read from February 01 to March 08, 2010

When I read a good book I am often left wanting to know what happened next, even when it's obvious that there is not going to be a sequel. I feel like the characters are real people, I want to know how they lived out their lives, what happened after the 'story' ends. I know that I will never be able to know, because that's the way fiction is made.

I got that same feeling from this book, but it was so much better more intense because it was real. These are people who actually exist...and so their drama is something I can connect with on a level not able to be achieved by fiction.

As a 'story' I was completely engrossed. There was beginning, middle, and end...there was action, adventure, plot twists, tragedy, comedy...everything an epic novel needs. And then there was truth. Not just truth, but TRUTH. This book lives and breathes because the author lives and breathes.

Greg Mortenson is a real life hero. He has shown what one person can do to make the world a better place. He isn't able to build the schools on his own, he's not even able to over see the construction of each building, but without his example, others would not have had the blueprint to continue his work. One man showed the world what was possible and then the world (or parts of it) has stepped forward to show him that his dream was worth doing.

The ending of this book sums up the purpose of the CAI project. TO steal a Chinese Proverb, it boils down to..."Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Greg and his staff have taught at least two countries and a portion of the US military to fish.



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