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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
Greg Mortenson
Viking Press
Publish date: 2009-12-01
$26.95
0670021156
Hardcover

Review:

This is Mortenson's sequel to the still popular Three Cups of Tea, chronicling his continuing campaign to build schools, mostly for girls, in both countries. Stones is the better book in several ways, not least being that it is written in the first person, though Mortenson acknowledges a great deal of help in its writing. Three Cups, penned by David Oliver Relin, is journalistic in style and adulatory in tone, despite the gripping and inspiring events it relates. Stones corrects these flaws and reveals Mortenson's obvious and pervasive humility. Moreover, he reevaluates some of the events of Three Cups from a more mature and distant perspective.

The central drama of Stones is his attempt to keep the promise he made in the previous book to the Kirghiz horsemen of the impoverished and inaccessible Wakhan Corridor of Afghanistan, and the long and circuitous route to its fulfillment. Detours include his relief and rebuilding efforts for earthquake victims in eastern Pakistan, and a bold plan to build a demonstration school in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan. Throughout, his advocacy of education for girls as a key piece in diplomatic, economic, and even military strategy, is persuasive not only to the reader, but to leaders in the US military occupation as well.

   
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