Stones into Schools : Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Hardcover) - Mortenson, Greg/ Bryan, Mike

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A follow-up to the best-selling Three Cups of Tea continues Mortensons story of his humanitarian efforts to bring education into disadvantaged Middle East regions, describing such events as the 2005 earthquake and a tense eight-day abduction by the Taliban. *Author: Mortenson, Greg/ Bryan, Mike *Subtitle: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan *Publication Date: 2009/12/01 *Number of Pages: 420 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.25 *Height: 9.00

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Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780670021154
SKU 211288017
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0670021156
Release Date 12/1/2009
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 1.25T
Praise
"STONES INTO SCHOOLS follows a clear trajectory with octopus tentacles of fascinating asides emanating from its core....Over the course of the book, readers follow in part how [Mortenson's original] promise comes to fruition after 10 years of effort, but we also follow the construction of countless other schools, women's literacy programs, bridges and water delivery systems....Like the trouble it takes to build these important and life-enriching schools, endeavoring to better understand this region through STONES INTO SCHOOLS is worth the effort."
"Despite some loss of eloquence, the new book is a smoother read [than THREE CUPS OF TEA]....STONES INTO SCHOOLS will appeal to Western readers wondering about the possibility of forging a peaceful future with the Islamic world and to any who ever doubted that U.S. meddling in the affairs of others could result in good."
"Much of STONES INTO SCHOOLS hinges on the logistical challenges, but this book is also suffused with its author's unorthodox tactics and distinctive personal style....And it offers some all-important insight into how, exactly, they cut through bureaucratic red tape and accomplish miracles with very little money....As STONES INTO SCHOOLS chronicles the institute's work, it captures the physical and political landscapes of Afghanistan in ways that make it exceptionally timely and compelling."
"Using schools not bombs to promote peace is a goal that even the most hard-hearted can admire, but to blandly call this book inspiring would be dismissive of all the hard work that has gone into [Mortenson's] mission in Afghanistan as well as the efforts to fund it. [He] writes of nothing less than saving the future, and his adventure is light years beyond most attempts." (starred review)
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Annotation When he built his first school in Korphe, Pakistan, Greg Mortenson was a single man driven by a promise he had made to the villagers who had nursed him back to health after a failed attempt to climb K2. By 2009, Mortenson and his foundation, the Central Asia Institute, have established more than 130 schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, most built especially for girls. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and achieved celebrity status in the world of philanthropy on the strength of his mega-bestselling book about his endeavors, THREE CUPS OF TEA. Hoping to add to the momentum of his benevolent campaign, Mortenson details his continuing struggle to fight oppression, prejudice and fundamentalist doctrine by offering young Muslim women something many of them have never had access to--an education. Mortenson reveals that he has been repeatedly threatened with violence by both Muslims and Americans who disagree with his cause, and he details a harrowing eight days he spent being held captive by armed assailants in Pakistan. More memorably, he provides stirring examples of how tolerance can diffuse aggression by sharing a few of the success stories from the more than 50,000 students he has helped to educate.
Editors Note A follow-up to the best-selling Three Cups of Tea continues Mortenson's story of his humanitarian efforts to bring education into disadvantaged Middle East regions, describing such events as the 2005 earthquake and a tense eight-day abduction by the Taliban.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0448
Publisher Viking Books

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