Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea

Book - 2009 | Young readers ed
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A middle-grade adapted version of the New York Times bestseller about humanitarianism and providing Muslim children around the world with an education is enhanced with photos, maps, illustrations, and a special afterword by the author's daughter who worked with him as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009
Edition: Young readers ed
ISBN: 9780803733923
Characteristics: xxiii, 209 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Mortenson, Greg
Relin, David Oliver


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Aug 19, 2017

Greg Mortenson, the author, eventually revealed that the salient points of his fascinating story was all designed to bring him money from gullible donors, rather than build schools for girls in Afghanistan. We ran yard sales and donated hundreds of dollars to his foundation before we learned the truth. He is a fascinating man, this is a fascinating story, and taken as true it is heartwarming and heartbreaking. Made many, many people want to help, and many of those did help. BUT...this should be considered a FICTION book and enjoyed as such. this and his next book were both frauds on the American public. Well written, hard to put down, but of course, it's so much more interesting if you believe him. Don't.

Dec 08, 2016

I'm always frustrated when i see this book selected as a book club read or as an assignment for kids. I wonder whether teachers discuss the story behind it or encourage them to read Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer. The story itself is inspiring, but false and should be read as fiction, not a true account. The author has been hailed as a hero when he deserve no such title.

VaughanPLTracy Dec 07, 2016

Such an inspiring story! I learned about one’s determination and dedication to build schools for girls across Pakistan and Afghanistan, but also one’s immense struggles to do so. This story was certainly an eye-opener and definitely a recommended read!

Jul 25, 2016

If you enjoy romantic tales of white men in peril from evil foreigners, eh, check it out of the library and fill your boots. If you are tempted to send the smarmy author any of your money, first read Three Cups of Deceit, Jonathan Krakauer's brutal take-down of this dubious charity. Mortensen makes James Frey look like an amateur.

Jul 22, 2016

I enjoyed this book with its insights into Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Jul 01, 2016

I liked the messages directed towards all ages. I thought that it was very admirable of Greg Mortenson to return and help the village of Korphe. The sections where Greg added his feelings and opinions were interesting to read. Overall, this was a good book that I would recommend to others interested in the status of children's education around the world.

Apr 15, 2016

MUST be read before "three cups of deceit" by Jon Krakauer! when both are finished, look up "greg mortenson" on the internet...say what?

Dec 09, 2015

Very disappointed to discover that much of this book is based on fantasy!

'In fact, there are dozens of demonstrable falsehoods in both Three Cups of Tea, and its sequel, Stones into Schools, which cannot be passed off as “omissions and compressions.” Mortenson’s outlandish claim, for example, that he was kidnapped by the Taliban in South Waziristan, when actually he was hosted there by gracious tribesmen who treated him as an honored guest, and had no connection whatsoever with the Taliban.

No less outrageous is Mortenson’s insistence that he built schools in territory that was under Taliban and Al Qaeda control, as a way of combating their ideological influence and waging his own nonviolent “War on Terror” (the subtitle of the first edition of Stones into Schools was “Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan”). In truth, all but a tiny number of the schools established by CAI have been built in peaceful locales where jihadist groups have little or no influence. ' from an article written by Jon Krakauer

Sep 22, 2014

Très recommandable! Donne un regard neuf sur la dure réalité en Afghanistan.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "While this was an okay read- definitely not one of those "can't put it down" books. Its got a good concept and some very interesting facts of culture and language. Sometimes hard to understand."

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Aug 23, 2011

"Haji Ali spoke. ‘If you want to thrive in Baltistan, you must respect our ways. The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die. Doctor Greg, you must take time to share three cups of tea. We may be uneducated but we are not stupid. We have lived and survived here for a long time.’ "


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