UFPPC (www.ufppc.org) — Digging Deeper CXVI: March 8, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin,
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Missionto Promote Peace... One School at a Time
(New York, Toronto, andLondon: Penguin, 2007); original edition 2006 (subtitled
One Man'sMission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations
Promotion of education is thebest way to counter terrorism, and "[i]f you believe in yourself, you canaccomplish anything" (38).]
Introduction: In Mr. Mortenson'sOrbit, by David Oliver Relin.
Relinovercame skepticism about Mortenson; "Iwrote the story. But Greg Mortensonlived it" (5; 1-5).
Ch. 1: Failure.
Mortenson fails to reachthe summit of K2 in 1993, a projectundertaken in memory of a belovedsister, because he participated in theevacuation of a French climber (7-16).
Ch. 2: The Wrong Side of the River.
Gets separated from his Balti guideMouzafer and wanders into the village of Korphe (17-26).
Ch. 3: "Progress and Perfection."
Mortenson returns feels "somethingtugging him back up" to "something rarein Korphe" and, moved by the sight of children studying without a teacher,vows to build a school (29; 27-33).
Ch. 4: Self-Storage.
Youth in Tanzania;high school and college in the U.S.;devotion to family and mountaineering; adecision to dedicate a K2 climb "to [hissister's] Christa's memory" (34-46).
Ch. 5: 580 Letters, One Check.
Earlyfundraising and falling in love; Swiss-born Jean Hoerni IT millionaire contributes fullcost of school ($12,000) (47-56).
Ch. 6: Rawalpindi's Rooftops atDusk.
Abdul, former expedition memberin Rawalpindi, helps with bargaining formaterials; Mortenson learns to pray toAllah (57-69).
Ch. 7: Hard Way Home.
Loads truckand takes Karakoram Highway into themountains (70-82).
Ch. 8: Beaten by the Braldu.
Evadesattempt by other villagers to requisitionhis materials, reaches Korphe, and learnsthat a bridge has to be built before thesupplies can reach the town (83-97).
Ch. 9: The People Have Spoken.
Back in the Bay Area, his girl frienddumps him, but another climber (Dr.Louis Reichardt) bucks up his morale (98-107).
Ch. 10: Building Bridges.
Ordersmaterials for bridge (108-10). Headingback to Korphe, wonders if a bridge willspoil Korphe's "purity" (112; 110-14). Joins ibex hunting party (114-19). 284-ft.bridge completed (119-24).
Ch. 11: Six Days.
Girl friend tries toreturn but is rejected (125-26). On Sept.13, 1995, George McCown, gives him$20,000 for himself as he attendsbanquet where Sir Edmund Hillarylectures and meets Tara Bishop (126-33). They marry six days later (133-35).
Ch. 12: Haji Ali's Lesson.
Mortensonrecovers "about two-thirds" of hisbuilding materials in Skardu (136-38).Begins building the school, but Haji Ali,the
of Korphe, slows himdown with this: "If you want to thrive inBaltistan, you must respect our ways. . . . The first time you share tea with a Balti,you are a stranger. The second time youtake tea, you are an honored guest. The