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Starred Review. Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse's unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson's efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world, Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts. (Mar.)
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On a 1993 expedition to climb K2 in honor of his sister Christa, who had died of epilepsy at 23, Mortenson stumbled upon a remote mountain village in Pakistan. Out of gratitude for the villagers' assistance when he was lost and near death, he vowed to build a school for the children who were scratching lessons in the dirt. Raised by his missionary parents in Tanzania, Mortenson was used to dealing with exotic cultures and developing nations. Still, he faced daunting challenges of raising funds, death threats from enraged mullahs, separation from his family, and a kidnapping to eventually build 55 schools in Taliban territory. Award-winning journalist Relin recounts the slow and arduous task Mortenson set for himself, a one-man mission aimed particularly at bringing education to young girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Readers interested in a fresh perspective on the cultures and development efforts of Central Asia will love this incredible story of a humanitarian endeavor. Vanessa Bush
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A fascinating account of how the persistent Greg Mortenson traded the dangers of mountaineering for the more dangerous and difficult challenge of building schools and peace in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P Bevans
Its a good book, but I found it hard to read as it is written in a different style from most books I read.Published 9 months ago by Anthony
Great book to read and to see what a man can accomplish, obviously with great effort for a great cause.Published 10 months ago by Ileana
This book was very moving and makes a person want to reach out and help others themselves.Published 12 months ago by Helen Hamilton
I first read this book a few years ago. After I finished it I thought the author, Greg Mortenson, was a true humanitarian hero. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tyler Dixon
The book held me captive with the achievement of the author, the risks he took and the patience of his wife through all his travels and tribulations in Northern Pakistan, well... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Warren Abbott
It doesn't read as a novel and I didn't know that. I found it too overwhelming and it jumps back and forth. I didn't even finish it.Published 24 months ago by Karla Svoboda