Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea

One Man's Mission to Promote Peace--one School at A Time

Book - 2009
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This young readers' edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up-to-date. It includes brand-new photos, maps, and illustrations, as well as a special afterword by Greg's twelve-year-old daughter, Amira, who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program for children.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009.
ISBN: 9780803733923
Branch Call Number: 371.82209549
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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samdog123 Jul 28, 2010

I don't read alot of non-fiction, but this was a title my bookclub picked so I was determined to read it. Interesting what Greg Mortenson does and I agree with the principle of education as a tool against terrorism. I also learned alot about the politics and religions in that area of the world.... Read More »

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Nov 29, 2019

An inspiring book but completely fictitious, the author having made everything up and used the book to scam donations, and anyone can find this out by doing an online search. It's a shame this book remains in circulation providing false information about what can be done and what needs to be done.

Sep 14, 2019

In the book, Greg, the main character attempts to climb K2, the world's second largest mountain. He gets lost along the way trying find his way back to his partner who went with him. While he is recovering in a village near the mountains of Pakistan. He finds that the girls there don't have a school building to work in.
He then decides to stop climbing and build schools for the people instead.
One of my favourite characters was Haji Ali, one of the local elders.
He told Greg about things he should know when he was there.
Since I was reading a version for younger readers, the writing style was to simple
for me, but I enjoyed reading about it anyway. What I found most interesting was
learning about the Muslim culture. I thought this book was pretty good even though
it was written for a younger audience.

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

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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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