Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea

Book - 2009
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This young readers edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted for younger readers and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up to date for the present. Includes new photos and illustrations, as well as a special interview 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 : Puffin Books, c2009
Edition: Young readers ed
ISBN: 9780142414125
Branch Call Number: j371.823 MOR
Characteristics: xxiii, 209 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Relin, David Oliver
Mortenson, greg


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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.

VaughanPLTracyMat 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

Apr 05, 2015

I wanted to like this book. I certainly like the message: that education is a more powerful and persistent force for peace than military intervention. But even ignoring the accusations that this book is full of exaggerations if not outright lies, I can't recommend it for two reasons:

1) Substandard writing and editing — This is not the worse-written book I've read, but it is pretty bad. The prose is too purple, the metaphors are often mixed. The book is far too long. It is a book about building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but there are several extraneous (and boring) chapters about Mortenson's love life, as well as far more information about mountain climbing than I care to read. It would have been 100% more enjoyable if it was 50% as long.

2) Integrity — Even assuming that every word in this book is true, this book lacks integrity for a variety of reasons. Relin notes in his introduction that he found it impossible to be an objective observer, as a journalist is supposed to be (he failed because apparently Mortenson is just so great a guy). But it isn't objectivity that erodes the credibility of the book — it is the total lack of transparency about sources. Where is the story coming from? Obviously a lot of the material came from interviews with Mortenson himself, and with his family. Presumably Relin conducted interviews with many other relevant people, because he gives direct quotations from these people in the book. But there is no list of sources, no indication of when or where or by whom these interviews were conducted, no indication of who was doing the translating for interviewees who didn't speak English. Were people asked to recall things that happened a day ago? A month ago? A decade ago? Memory is inherently unreliable, and there is little to no indication that Relin even tried to corroborate the events reported through either objective means (like contemporary written documents or records) or through interviewing several people who witnessed the events.

I understand that many stories told in the book may have been difficult to verify, because witnesses had since died, or were unable to be found after the fact, or written records were never made. That doesn't bother me; what bothers me is the lack of effort in making it clear to the reader what is verifiable and what is (potentially inaccurate) reconstruction from memory. The book is written like a novel, with minute details described, and all dialogue in quotation marks. This is troubling. This is non-fiction, it is not supposed to be written like a novel because novels are fictional. Neither author has any business putting decades-old conversation in quotation marks or adding in so much detail as if it is indisputable fact — Relin wasn't there, and even though Mortenson was, there is no one on earth who has such detailed or accurate recall.

The worst part is that the authors could have been transparent and distinguished what was objectively verifiable, and what they relied on memory to reconstruct, without sacrificing dynamic storytelling and literary flair. I think Erik Larson did this wonderfully in The Devil in the White City. In the introduction to that book, Larson clearly states that some of the scenes are artistic reconstructions of how events may have played out, based on known facts, but everything between quotation marks was taken directly from a written source (newspapers, police reports, letters, etc). Throughout the book he was very careful in pointing out where he was taking an artistic license and where he was reporting on the cold, hard facts. And it was backed up with sources in the endnotes, so the reader knew exactly where Larson got his information from. But there is none of that in Three Cups of Tea, which means that in my eyes, this book is not much more reliable and believable than a novel.

Sep 22, 2014

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

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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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