Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003 with the dramatic story of his ongoing humanitarian efforts in the Middle East. Mortenson recounts his relentless labors to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan and describes his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005. He ...Read MoreGreg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003 with the dramatic story of his ongoing humanitarian efforts in the Middle East. Mortenson recounts his relentless labors to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan and describes his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005. He tells of the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders, even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, while touching on military matters, Islam, and women. He weaves it all together with many rich stories of the people who have been involved in his remarkable two decades of work.Read Less
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I have just finished Stones Into Schools. It was every bit as good as 3 Cups of Tea. I enjoyed it so much that I found it difficult to put it down. I definitely recommend this book.
Dec 6, 2009
To win the fight against Terror
While this book is arguably a continuation of Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea," it is extremely important reading for those who desire real peace. Like "Three Cups of Tea" it should be required reading for Special Forces troops being assigned to Afghanistan. In fact, it should be required reading for all of the military and all of Congress. Of special note, if you are not going to take the time to read the whole book, at least read page 81 and pages 135 to 138.
In this book Mortenson continues to show that the education of girls is extremely important to the area and that many in the area want their daughters educated. What often prevents the furtherance of female education are attitudes ingrained in tribal societies - what I consider the selling of young girls for a bride price; a family's desire to have a daughter-in-law as a slave for a number of years; and, perhaps most subtle is the jealousy and envy by male family members.
"Stones into Schools" shows that some of these attitudes can be overcome. It also shows that the conventional military attitude of taking and holding land is a no-win strategy. As when the Special Forces first went into Vietnam, working through village elders and religious people, finding out what they really need and want, and requiring them to put sweat equity and other resources into bettering themselves does more to win hearts and minds than guns and threats.
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