Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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  • Title: Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Author: Greg Mortenson Khaled Hosseini
  • ISBN: 9780670021154
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover

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Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

About Author

  1. Greg Mortenson is the co founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute, Pennies For Peace, and co author of New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea threecupsoftea which has sold 3 million copies, been published in 39 countries, and a New York Times bestseller for three years since its January 2007 release, and Time Magazine Asia Book of The Year.Mortenson s new book, Stones Into Schools Promoting Peace with Books Not Bombs, In Afghanistan and Pakistan, was released by Viking on December 1st, 2009, and debuted as 2 on the NY Times hardcover bestseller list.As of 2010, Mortenson has established over 131 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to over 58,000 children, including 44,000 girls, where few education opportunities existed before In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan s highest civil award, Sitara e Pakistan Star of Pakistan for his humanitarian effort to promote girls education in rural areas for fifteen years Several bi partisan U.S Congressional representatives twice nominated Mortenson for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and 2010.Mortenson was born in 1957, and grew up on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 1958 to 1973 His father Dempsey, founded Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center KCMC kcmc a hospital, and mother, Jerene, founded the International School Moshi.He served in the U.S Army in Germany 1977 1979 , where he received the Army Commendation Medal, and later graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983 In July 1992, Mortenson s sister, Christa, died from a massive seizure after a lifelong struggle with epilepsy on the eve of a trip to visit Dysersville, Iowa, where the baseball movie, Field of Dreams , was filmed in a cornfield.To honor his sister s memory, in 1993, Mortenson climbed Pakistan s K2, the world s second highest mountain in the Karakoram range.While recovering from the climb in a village called Korphe, Mortenson met a group of children sitting in the dirt writing with sticks in the sand, and made a promise to help them build a school.From that rash promise, grew a humanitarian campaign, in which Mortenson has dedicated his life to promote education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan His work has not been without difficulty In 1996, he survived an eight day armed kidnapping by the Taliban in Pakistan Northwest Frontier Province tribal areas, escaped a 2003 firefight with feuding Afghan warlords by hiding for eight hours under putrid animal hides in a truck going to a leather tanning factory He has overcome two fatwehs from enraged Islamic mullahs, endured CIA investigations, and also received threats from fellow Americans after 9 11, for helping Muslim children with education Mortenson is entrusted to the rural communities of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he has gained the respect of Islamic clerics, military and militia commanders, government officials and tribal chiefs from his tireless effort to champion education, especially for girls.He is married to Dr Tara Bishop, a clinical psychologist, and they live with their two children in Montana.

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  1. Things to think about from the first 50 pgs 1 Girl Effect changing communities through the education of women2 Last person First Principle is this a good principle in missions as well 3 Mortenson s raggedy Pakistani staff Is it much different from the 12 disciples uneducated, yet perfectly in tune with the local culture and passionate for the cause of their leader.


  2. It s rare that a second book about the same topic can be even better than the first, but I have to say that I enjoyed Stones into Schools even that Three Cups of Tea I thought that this book was excellent It was a great way to learn about what has been going on in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 2001, and even it continues to be an inspiration to see how much this man, and his dirty dozen friends, can impact the lives of girls in the most remote places on earth We hear so much negativity these [...]


  3. Mortenson shows such a power and a confidence in his story in this book I think one reason is because he keeps the spotlight OFF himself He tells moving stories of others, making them the heroes and heroines of his book He talks honestly about how uncomfortable he feels with attention, and he generously shares the credit for the successes of his schools with so many others.His stories made me laugh out loud, like the Taliban sympathizers who visit a school and play gleefully on the playground eq [...]


  4. An outstanding read if you enjoyed Three Cups of Tea, you will enjoy this it is the content and the purpose that makes it so great Unfortunately I think that some people were turned off by the title of his first book by not understanding the message it is not about little old ladies sipping tea and gossiping Stones into Bridges picks up where his first book left off, and is current right up to October 2009 Greg Mortenson has received well deserved recognition for what he and his non profit orga [...]


  5. I learned so much about Greg Mortenson, the man, when reading this wonderful book His sense of humor, his passion, his mission is heard and felt throughout this story Now I really understand what the CAI is, and who the people are that run it The Central Asia Institute is run by quirky, brave people who Greg met throughout his travels to Pakistan and Afganistan and found worthy enough to help him fulfill his dream of building schools for girls in the remote regions of Pakistan, and now Afganista [...]


  6. Amazing book Amazing person Amazing people A MUST read I thought Three Cups of Tea was great but I have to say, this one is way better The book is personal, written in first person, and there is history I ve definitely learned a little bit about Afghanistan and its diverse and wonderful people and not wonderful The book has also made me a bit warm and fuzzy towards the military which seems odd coming from an Air Force spouse It s just that despite my support for the troops, esp my husband, a [...]


  7. If you haven t read this yet, put down what you ARE reading, and head to the library or bookstore for this book Actually, if you haven t read Mortenson s first book, Three Cups of Tea, read that first to get the background, and then dive into this one This true story of what one man can start in this case, educating girls in the most remote parts of Central Asia the mountains of Pakistan and Afghanistan is not just an inspiring read, but an amazing testament to the power of what people can accom [...]


  8. Who could ever forget the killer earthquake in Pakistan in 2005 That was destruction on an unprecedented scale.This book is not easy to read as it goes into the details of what happened on that unfortunate day,how the earth shook with a roar and everyone thought that qayamat the end of the world had arrived.It is difficult to read because of the account of the sufferings of the victims.Among those stepping in for humanitarian work was Greg Mortensen of Three Cups of Tea fame.It is debatable how [...]


  9. Following where Three Cups of Tea left off, Stones into Schools is Greg Mortenson s account of his nonprofit Central Asia Institute s endeavors to build schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan Early on in the book, Mortenson tells of meeting a band of Kirghiz horsemen, who extract a promise from him to build a school in a remote region of Afghanistan This was 1999, and the promise came with a multitude of difficulties, not the least of which was the conflict between the increasing power of [...]


  10. This book gives us a very real feel for life in Afghanistan and Pakistan s Northwest Frontier province After reading we have clear pictures of the enormous obstacles the inhabitants in these two very impoverished areas face on a day to day basis I am glad that this is being read by so many people including those in the U.S military.The book sketches a life that is so very different from that which we in North America and Europe experience The land is remote and mountainous and lacks a transporta [...]


  11. As a followup to Three Cups of Tea, I found this book to be very interesting and timely If you haven t read the first book, you might not be able to follow along as easily with the various people and places mentioned, although the books do stand alone It is a quick read and I was highly impressed with the way that the small organization, Central Asia Institute, has blossomed with financial support and additional manpower to become a powerful force in bringing much needed education to children es [...]


  12. Amazing read especially when you think that the only news coming out of Pakistan and Afghanistan is bad Would some body please nominate Greg Mortenson for a Nobel Peace Prize He and hisDozen have done for world peace, interfaith understanding, and girls education in 15 years than Dirty anyone even he would have ever dreamed possible He has coordinated the building of over 100 schools, where thousands of children, mostly girls are receiving a moderate, secular education Books not bombs are going [...]


  13. I ran to the library to get this pretty much the moment I finished Three Cups of Tea, and I found it to be a enjoyable continuation of the story Most of my thoughts on this are already mirrored in my review of the first book, so I won t repeat myself The only real qualm I had was that the first 100 pages of this were a lot like a paraphrase of the last 100 pages of Three Cups of Tea, where the author tries to lay the groundwork for how his charity attempted to make headway into Afghanistan One t [...]


  14. Oh my gosh Stunning Those are four words that sum up my feelings about this incredible book basically The ending is dramatic and sad, while simultaneously showing us that even while it seems that everything that could possibly go bad in Afghanistan is, there are also those who are trying to defy it Those who are trying to help others, and those who are trying to offer education, health, and necessities to people who deserve it I finished this book upstairs, while downstairs my parents watched Ki [...]


  15. This book, which picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off, is different and better than Mortenson s first book about his quest to build schools for small villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan To begin with, there is no ghost writer This is a first person account So unlike the last book, it is personal, and the reader gets insight into the passion about school building that has consumed Mortenson Some of the stories he tells are quite touching On the road to a distant mountain village, Mortenso [...]


  16. Absolutely excellent I couldn t put this book down Dr Greg s initial plan to build schools to serve female students in remote villages evolves with the situations he encounters, so that he expands into Taliban strongholds and in the outskirts of Afghanistan s capital, Kabul He is not a micro manager, and instead uses his gift of perception to hire the smartest, hardest working Afghanis from rural areas with humble backgrounds He trusts and relies on them to implement his dream of universal femal [...]


  17. Originally 4 stars2014 update After reading some of the controversy surrounding Greg Mortenson, my opinion on him has plummeted He is accused of fabricating the story of him getting kidnapped by Taliban and the story of getting lost on the way down from K2 and promising the tribe that saved him that he would return to build a school the whole premise to the book He is also accused of gross mismanagement of funds and using donated money for his own purposes, private jets, promoting his book, etc [...]


  18. Romantic Sentimental And thoroughly absorbing The aw shucks manner in which Mortensen presents himself, as a dirt bag mountaineer who stumbles into charity work, is one that may stretch your credulity Any person who can attempt to climb K 2, build schools in faraway places, and learn the nuances of a foreign culture is certainly a man to be reckoned with Yet, this sense of humility is also a very essential part of the book The book is romantic, sentimental, full of adventure in the end though it [...]


  19. I hesitated getting this book because I thought it might be, like a lot of sequels, just a rehash of Three Cups of Tea Well, it emphatically is not It reads like a good novel It s engaging, thought provoking and very informative The author gives the reader a full sense of the isolation, beauty and destruction that exists in the remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan He also gives a full sense of the people who populate those devastated areas It is hard to imagine the everyday hardships they en [...]


  20. I d like to give this book 3 stars but I guess I can t really recommend it If you want to know what has happened since his last book, then read this But I wouldn t read it without reading and loving the first book It s probably my unfamiliarity with Central Asian culture, names, and geography, but I had a hard time following who was who, where he was, how the places connected And this was despite the fact that he included maps and a glossary If I had really been into it, I would have looked on t [...]


  21. I read his first book, Three Cups of Tea, when it first came out Since my husband may potentially be deployed to that area someday, I was than a little interested in his viewpoints This book continues where Tea left off and talks about creating schools in Afghanistan As an almost sidenote, the institute he founded to do this has expanded into empowering women specifically in these countries After reading these two books I am convinced than ever that his approach will create a stronger, better [...]


  22. Educators, politicians, and military personnel in the US need to read this book While some of the overly detailed passages were a bit tiresome to read I think the book could have been edited a bit better , the overall message is powerful Education is the key to the future Education is helping to rebuild war torn countries and regions, and rebuild international relations and trust, especially with the US I agree with Mortenson s opinions on bilingualism, and that there should be a move in US scho [...]


  23. The author gives a lot of very good information about Pakistan and includes historical background He tells a compelling story that is every bit as good as an action novel The model of giving to another country is one that many people should emulate Find local people who share your vision, empower them to do the work and provide the funding, stucture and oversight that makes it work It is a very good continuation of 3 cups of Tea Inspires one to new ways of looking at life Confirms my own experi [...]


  24. I know that I don t speak from a military perspective when I say this but I don t believe civilians should be considered collateral damage Innovators in the American military are reading Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools to understand how to work with village elders and religious leaders to educate the children there especially the girls.That s all I ve got to say, except that this is very worth reading if we are to see changes away from religious extremism in places like Pakistan and Af [...]


  25. I think I may actually like this book better than 3 Cups of Tea.1 There is an index AND a glossary, and photos and maps2 The geography is familiar to me than it was in the first book3 The events detailed are current and therefore fresh in my memory perhaps I was paying attention to the events because I had read 3 Cups of Tea.Glad there are people like Greg Mortensen who are willing to do the hard things Glad my daughter can be a smartie pants and dream of becoming whatever she wants Glad I h [...]


  26. Stones into Schools, by Greg MortensonI read Stones into Schools immediately after finishing Three Cups of Tea, and while I enjoyed both books, I definitely liked Stones into Schools While Three Cups of Tea was about Mortenson s life and how he found his life s work building schools in remote villages in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Stones into Schools is bigger than Mortenson, and really shows how his work has taken on a life of its own Stones into Schools is also told from the first person poin [...]


  27. Stones Into Schools begins in 1999 with 14 men armed with AK 47s galloping their short legged, shaggy horses across the Irshad Pass to Pakistan Their instructions were to find Greg Mortensen and petition him to build a school for the children in their remote mountainous region in Afghanistan Greg s host provided a feast for these guests They were not expected to remove their boots at the entrance to his home The lower air pressure in this town would cause their feet to swell so much that they wo [...]


  28. If anyone thinks that because they read Three Cups of Tea that they know the story of this book, think again It is truly an amazing tale of the tenacity of a group of men who are determined to reach the goal no matter what Anyone who can read the Epilogue without tearing up must have a heart of stones I won t spoil the story of whether the tears are ones of joy or sadness.Any news report I now hear about Afghanistan will now be tempered with the knowledge of the country and its people that I hav [...]


  29. Just finished this book today Tears streamed down my face as I finished and i was bummed to think it will be years before I know about the school building that CAI is doing.Greg Mortenson s storytelling is wonderful I wonder if drinking all those cups of tea over the almost 20 years accounts for his ability to tell a tale I ve learned so much about the history, culture and customs of this remote part of the world It is inspiring While I don t believe I m called to go there, I do see the part I [...]


  30. 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 th [...]


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