greg mortenson


V.18 No.49 | 12/3/2009

Book Review

Knowledge Is Power

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

Greg Mortenson never expected to draw crowds so large that it was necessary to enlist the aid of a JumboTron. He never expected to write a book that would become required reading for all U.S. officers in counterinsurgency training. He never expected to build more than 130 schools in the hinterlands of the Middle East, or to provide an education to more than 58,000 poor, underprivileged students, most of whom are girls. He did expect to climb mountains, but it was his failure at climbing one in particular that led him to become one of the world’s most pre-eminent pioneers for social change.

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