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The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The
oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in the
highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the
seedlings of realities.
Cups of Tea:
Man’s Mission to Promote Peace
. . .
One School at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver
Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and
this American nurse’s unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the
world’s second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill
when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for
seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return,
he promised to build the impoverished town’s first school, a
project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has
since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and
Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson’s efforts in
fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the
village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen,
Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims
Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the
post-9/11 world, Mortenson and Relin argue that the United
States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through
collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to
education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful,
with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely
friendships, this book will win many readers’ hearts.
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