#TBT Review: Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin


Category: Biography

Published: 2006

Read: 2013

Score: 3/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) Anyone who despairs of the individual’s power to change lives has to read the story of Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan’s treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with impoverished mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built fifty-five schools—especially for girls—that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. As it chronicles Mortenson’s quest, which has brought him into conflict with both enraged Islamists and uncomprehending Americans, Three Cups of Tea combines adventure with a celebration of the humanitarian spirit.

Review: This is a good book in a sense but also some of it hard to believe. It’s a good story in the sense that it is uplifting and great when you hear about someone who is trying to help people in a part of the world where people usually turn a blind eye.

mortenson-schoolIt is told of how Greg, on a trip up a huge mountain in Pakistan comes across a group of people who all live in poverty and none of the children goes to school. This changes the way he thinks for ever and after that goes on a mission to help them and get them the schools they so desperately need, and ones where even girls can go to learn which in this part of the world is not something you hear of.

Of course, even before the events of 9/11 and all that have followed there is a way of thinking against people in this part of the world and Greg was out to change that. He helped them grow and get those schools built even though he didn’t have backing from most Americans and of course other people in Pakistan who didn’t want to see (especially girls) get educated. A lot of the story is based around these issues and how hard it was for him to overcome these obstacles but did so in the end to achieve great things like build over 50 schools.


The reason it didn’t get more of a score from me because a lot of it was dragged out. I think it would have been a better story if it was written better and we maybe got to know a bit more about some of the people he worked with over the years instead of the bad ones who tried to stay in his way. I read the book yes, but I would not read it again. Did it open my eyes? Certainly! But I still wouldn’t read it again.

This is a book for anyone who likes feel good stories as well as a good biography or something along the those lines. It’s not a light read, there is a lot that is hard to hear but at the end of the day it’s the truth. There are plenty of books like this but this is a great one to start if you looking for a fall read.


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