Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

by Greg Mortenson
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Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson

From the author of the #1 bestseller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian’s efforts to promote peace through education

In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women—all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.

Since the 2006 publication of Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson has traveled across the U.S. and the world to share his vision with hundreds of thousands of people. He has met with heads of state, top military officials, and leading politicians who all seek his advice and insight. The continued phenomenal success of Three Cups of Tea proves that there is an eager and committed audience for Mortenson’s work and message.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141047140
Publisher: Viking Penguin
Publication date: 02/28/2010
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Greg Mortenson is a cofounder of the Central Asia Institute. A resident of Montana, he spends several months of the year in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 258 reviews.
SusanAtkinsMD More than 1 year ago
Stones Into Schools is a sequel to Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea book which is about his effort to promote education and literacy for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. This book is in first person, unlike Three Cups of Tea, and is much better written and more compelling. To me, the most important stories in the books are the personal stories about the girls and women whose lives have been transformed through education. I also appreciate Greg Mortenson's humility and seemingly complete lack of ego. He attributes his success and writes about how 'The Dirty Dozen', a group of outcasts are risking their lives daily to help girls go to school against almost impossible obstacles like war, the Taliban and misguided Muslim clerics. An interesting part of Stones Into Schools was how Greg Mortenson mentioned the big learning curve in the military, and his selfless devotion to also helping the U.S. military commanders and soldiers build relationships with the tribal elders. It really opened up my eyes to see the excellent leadership we have in the military. As a physician, I know that education is the most powerful force and tool for prosperity, peace and health we have, and glad to see that someone has dedicated his life for two decades to helping girls go to school.
H-O-P-E More than 1 year ago
I am a second grade teacher. I have been teaching for 22 years so a book about educating some of the poorest people in the world has been very interesting and moving for me to read. My own father could barely read due to dyslexia and I know how being illiterate can affect a person's life. Thinking about how one man can build so many schools for girls, the population most vulnerable in Afghanistan, is amazing to me. Mr. Mortenson is my hero. I have read both of his books now and I believe the second book was even more interesting than the first because I learned more about the Taliban. I now understand that the Taliban preys upon the poor and uneducated people. People who are most desperate for money to buy food, will turn to violence. I hope that people in the United States will continue to support Mr. Mortenson's desire to educate girls. I am proud of the military leaders in the United States that are in support of Mr. Mortenson. It gives me incredible hope for the women and their families in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I am hopeful that Mr. Mortenson's bravery and hard work will light the way for other people to realize that despite being from different countries, we all have the same need to be literate. Without education, there is no hope of truly reaching our potential. Proudly signing off, Elizabeth Anne Carneiro
JRKR More than 1 year ago
What a great book! All this incredible work started because he failed at one thing he truly wanted to do - to climb K2 for his sister. And the motley crew of people working for this worthy cause in Pakistan and Afghanistan are just amazing. Each person has a wonderful and incredible story. But the most amazing part of all this is the dedication of the people to provide education for their children - boy or girl. The love of our children and the profound wish to see them succeed in life is universal. I like this book because it gives me a clear, unbiased window to look into and see these people as they are, not blurred and distorted by cultural prejudices and historical biases. I can't wait to read his next book to get a progress on these wonderfully resilient people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book continues the journey of a man who embarked on what seemed like the impossible in the book Three Cups of Tea. Not only does it stress the importance of educating children (especially girl's), but it reveals a glimpse of a world where all types of people can work together for a common goal. It is a story of courage, trust, friendship, dedication, faith, love, and so much more. The insight to the places and people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the military has spent so much time and effort, bridges the gap of information that is lacking in the news media today. The details about the many tribes, their customs and history, and determination to live peaceful lives provides a glimpse of a hopeful people in this region. Greg Mortenson, while pursuing his passion to educate children, establishes a trail of testimony to the possibilities of the "power of one." This creates the back-drop to his amazing journey, which hopefully be read by many.
rrgma More than 1 year ago
Stones into Schools takes up where Three Cups of Tea left off, but doesn't begin to be the book Three Cups is. I was hoping for more of the informative, exciting story but Stones just went on and built more schools. I thought of Agatha Cristie's comment about three books she wrote in haste because she needed to feed her family. She was not proud of those three. Maybe Stones was written for the money to build more schools. An admirable thing to do, but I didn't have a donation in mind as I spent my time reading. Not boring, but no Three Cups either.
LMRedleif More than 1 year ago
Conservative Christian stones are figuratively thrown at Muslims in America and around the world. To find a stone mason like Mortenson who takes the Christian stones of "love, compassion, and money" and mortise those into schools for children half way around the world is incredible. That those schools and those children of another faith in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other nearby areas do not already hate Americans and wish Christians dead is to treat the pundits as though they have never walked in Greg Mortenson's shoes. A few years ago in the South where I live, it was very popular to ask, "What would Jesus do?" Apparently Greg Mortenson hears that answer in his heart every day and follows through--one stone, one school at a time. In this book we are carried from precipice to precipice and blast to blast along with Mortenson and his tea drinking friends, all for children who want an education. And the irony is that as we become adventurers along with Greg in his book, we find children waiting with open hearts and minds to hear the word "American." Sometimes it is difficult to keep all of the repeatitive names straight,but that is a small problem for the revelation such a journey with Mortenson provides. Maps are invaluable to me. As I read about a village, one photograph or one map carries the the people and obstacles to the forefront of my heart. When there is joy, we are there; when there are tears, we are there. This book is dangerous for anyone who cares for children. Those who love children but who do not have the "wherewithal" to do otherwise, can simply read and challenge others to read this book--to carress one attitude at a time with these loving Muslim children. Some day, hopefully, these children will be adults. But in this book no one living has been able to sacrafice more than Greg Mortenson and his family. From beginning to end, my mind has been enlightened as I've cheered for the "good guys" and hissed or held my breath when the "bad buys" arrived on the scene. As I finished the book, my one question was, "What has happened since the publication?" This must mean I am ready not only for the next book, but a follow up into adulthood of more of the children who were educated because of Americans; children and adults who choose not to throw stones at Americans, but to repair and sustain schools.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows the side of civilian life in Afganistan that is never shown in the news. It also demonstrates the importance of educating girls and women, something that could be followed throughout the whole world. Like the tite says, this book argues that we can never win the war in Afganistan unless we educate the people of Afganistan. Before reading this book I would never have known that many young men in the middle east join terrorist groups simply because they have no other way of making money or surviving. Reading this book is important if we are to combat worldwide terrorism. This book is great for book clubs, church groups, or school groups.
KatMA More than 1 year ago
The subtitle says it all- "Promoting Peace with Books, not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan." Greg Mortenson and his unusual team of workers strive to build schools for the children of the Middle East in places most organizations would shy away from. Starting at the end of the road and working their way to civilization, Mortenson and the CAI bring education to all children, with a special focus on improving the literacy rate of girls. All their schools must have at least 50% girls by the end of their first year, and they often exceed that number. As a staff member of another non-profit literacy organization I was amazed, inspired and completely blown away by what the CAI goes through to achieve their goals. If you want a book that will broaden your horizons and give you a totally new insight into international education and nonprofit work, I highly recommend this book. It is the sequel to 'Three Cups of Tea' but stands alone well. There is hope for the Middle East- you can find it in this book and in the work of Greg Mortenson and the CAI.
GrannieG More than 1 year ago
This sequel, by Greg Mortensen author of Three Cups of Tea, continues to present the reader with the most amazing story of fulling a promise, of determination against all odds to build schools at the 'top of the world,' of building relationships with unlikely allies, and of over coming horrendous obstacles - cultural, religious, monetary, physical and geographical, as the Central Asia Institute continued to work with the local populations (this time in Afghanistan) to build schools for the purpose of educating the girls/women in even the most treacherous and remote regions of this rugged country. This wise man and this NGO organizaton make me proud to be an American! Certainly, this book is not the end of the story, but a chapter in a saga which will continue for decades to come! Congratulations, Greg Mortensen, on a book well written and on having a heart that knows no boundaries!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book challenges you to think about what you see, hear and say regarding the "war on terror," and our media. I have met soldiers who have read this book and "Three Cups of Tea." The impact it has on them and how they serve is remarkable. All this from taking a wrong turn on a mountain in Pakistan.
Nank More than 1 year ago
This touching book reveals the burning desire of the Afghan and Pakistani people to educate the younger generation. Girls, in particular, deprived of the opportunity to attend school for decades due to the remoteness of their villages and political unrest, clamor for the chance to learn to read and write. While the author's main mission is to build schools in Afghanistan, his efforts are interrupted by a massive earthquake in Pakistan which destroyed some of his institute's schools. Ironically, the release of this book nearly coincided with the now infamous earthquake in Haiti where the similarity of problems preventing quick assistance is haunting. Greg Mortenson founder of the Central Asian Institute, which builds and funds schools, was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize last year. He did not win. Profits from his book sales go to the Institute.
CherylJ More than 1 year ago
I thought "Three Cups of Tea" was a great book but the follow up book is even better. The work of Greg Mortenson and the men and women in the United States, Pakistan, and Afghanistan who carry out the work of the Central Asia Institute is remarkable and they are an inspirtation to me. I also take from his books a sense of hope that we can work towards peace in this world. And my heart goes out to families around the world who only want to be able to feed and educate their children, especially girls. I also would recommend the book "Half the Sky".
LindaSS More than 1 year ago
I just finished "Stones into Schools" and found it to be incredibly inspirational. Their work in Afghanistan involved geographical barriers, such as mountain ranges and winter weather, that we cannot image. Greg's reputation preceded him and male village elders begged him to build schools to educate girls. That effort by Muslin men gives me hope that their women don't have to continue to be invisible. I also just saw "Avatar" and left the theater depressed that Hollywood continues to portray war as the means to resolve issues. I wish more people would read the book than see the movie and sincerely hope that the military take to heart Greg's message.
lynne6 More than 1 year ago
wonderful life lessons from a humble man. His friends share his important mission to promote peace through education! These two books should be required reading
GrammyX More than 1 year ago
I recommend it to everyone. It's a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stones into Schools gives a good sense of the problems confronting Afghanistan and the long-term commitment it will take to overcome them. Greg Mortenson writes with conviction, integrity and surprising modesty. It's not at all preachy. Completely engaging. I've given many copies as gifts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book as much or more than "Two Cups of Tea" because it included more details about the people who were close to Mortenson. Greg doesn't need a co-author. This is a well-written and interesting account of the nobel work he's doing in Central Asia. So glad our government and military is taking a lesson from him.
MaggieMR More than 1 year ago
Wonderful followup to Three Cups of Tea. Answers many of the questions I had after reading the first book as to what the political and military changes that have occured since the writing of the first book have meant to the building and continuation of schools especially the education of women in these areas. Truly shows what one person can begin and the enormous impact it can have on so many people.
kelly-from-minnesota More than 1 year ago
"Stones Into Schools" and "Three Cups of Tea" are two of the most moving and enlightening books I have ever read. Greg Mortenson brilliantly captures the essence of the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan and genuinely cares about the "forgotten" populations in the most rural regions of both countries. What one man with the seemingly simple dream of building one school in Korphe, Pakistan has managed to achieve, with the help of the local people and an amazing staff, is remarkable and awe-inspiring. I highly recommend his newest book, "Stones Into Schools", as well as his first book, "Three Cups of Tea", to readers of all ages. These books should be mandatory reading in high school and college. The world would be such a better place if all humans could grasp the concept of acceptance, tolerance and "jirgas" used by Greg Mortenson's organization to resolve conflict and promote peace and understanding among cultures.
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kaboo123 More than 1 year ago
saw a news story about this author on 60 minutes. His stories are made up to sell more books. google him for the true story..shame shame