The author of the #1 bestseller" Three Cups of Tea" offers the continuing story of this determined humanitarian's efforts to promote peace through ...Show synopsisThe author of the #1 bestseller" Three Cups of Tea" offers the continuing story of this determined humanitarian's efforts to promote peace through education. Filled with rich, personal stories and insights into the Middle East, this book is an inspiration--and a call to action.Hide synopsis
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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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