Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea

One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101147085
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


The astonishing, uplifting story of a real-life Indiana Jones and his humanitarian campaign to use education to combat terrorism in the Taliban’s backyard

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.


Banff Mountain Book Festival Award – finalist
Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction – winner
Kiriyama Prize for Nonfiction – winner
Mom’s Choice Award Nominee – winner
Montana Book Award – winner
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association – Nonfiction Award – winner
Time Magazine Asia Book of The Year – winner


“Greg Mortenson’s dangerous and difficult quest . . . is not only a thrilling read, it’s proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world.”-Tom Brokaw

“An inspiring chronicle . . . this is one protagonist who clearly deserves to be called a hero.”-People

“Mortenson’s mission is admirable, his conviction unassailable, his territory exotic.”-The Washington Post
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