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Ted's Review said:
Mortenson’s idea is very straightforward: spend money educating children in Islamic countries (girls as well as boys) and people will be less likely to be indoctrinated by extremists. I agree that there would be a much better return on investment for the U.S. investing in schools, rather than bombs. It’s a matter of national security.
posted Dec 1, 2009 at 7:07AM
Avatar for Eden Prairie Library Staff Eden Prairie Library Staff said:
The 2009 Eden Prairie Reads selection.
posted Nov 9, 2008 at 9:59AM
Jennifer L. said:
Who ever said that one person can’t make a difference hasn’t met Greg Mortenson. In 1993 Mortenson went to Pakistan to climb K2, the world’s second tallest peak, were he was going to place a necklace which belonged to his deceased sister Christa. His attempt at the summit failed and after suffering a fall and having become dangerously ill he wondered into the small rural village of Korphe where he was sheltered for seven weeks and nursed back to health. Upon seeing the children huddled in the cold scratching their school lessons in the dirt he vowed to build the impoverished village it’s first school. From this humble beginning sprang the Central Asia Institute which has built over 50 schools in rural Pakistan and Afganistan. An inspiring, thought provoking read.
posted Jul 19, 2008 at 3:59PM
Kath said:
This is an amazing, fascinating, at times terrifying story of a man driven to educate children where their own government doesn't. He should receive the Nobel Peace Prize as the previous person commented. A most excellent and worthwhile book to read. Kathy
posted Jun 10, 2008 at 10:20PM
JulieAnn said:
An absolute inspiration! I’ve recounted Mortenson’s story to others and have even read passages to friends. Mortenson sacrificed by sleeping in his dilapidated car, eating modest meals, wearing worn clothing, all to save to build a school he promised to a very remote Pakistani village. Truly a man of his word. It was serendipity that a benefactor came forward to help Mortenson fulfill his promise. The book takes us into high mountain villages and views an Islamic lifestyle we’d likely never experience. His personal sacrifice is astounding. Take the journey into the "up country" of Pakistan. You’ll be forever changed. . . for the better.
posted Mar 4, 2008 at 11:16PM
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