I don't really care if you vote for this review, but I do hope you read this book! It has everything: Danger, Suspense, Romance, Frustration, Fulfillment, Humor, Good, and Evil.
It is the true story about Greg Mortenson, an American who spent many of his formative years in Tanzania. After returning to the States and graduating from college, he became a hardcore rock and mountain climber.
During a trip to Pakistan when he attempted to summit K2 in memory of his sister, he develops a close bond with a group of people in a Baltistan village who help him in a time of need. He decides to help this remote village build their first school, one which will provide an education to boys and girls. There are a variety of financial, physical, political, and other problems which must be overcome.
Through a combination of determination, cooperation, and happenstance Greg's efforts gain momentum. Greg and his organization are successful in creating a repeatable (if somewhat person dependent) process for building schools in various remote villages.
Purchases of the book made via a special link on the Three Cups of Tea website will generate up to 7% of proceeds to benefit Greg Mortenson's non-profit organization (The Central Asia Institute).
There are also young reader, large print, children, audio, and foreign language versions of this book.
It has been on the New York Times Best Seller List (Paperback Non-Fiction category) for more than two years and is available in many libraries.
The subtitle of this book is "One Man's Mission to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time".
Everybody in my book club was moved by this book.
(Photo Credit for non-yellow background photos: Images courtesy Central Asia Institute.)