Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

The book tells the true story of a man who, after a failed attempt to climb K2, the world's second highest mountain, is taken in by the people of a small village in Pakistan. Touched by their kindness and noticing their lack of educational facilities, he promises to build them a school. The story follows his journey of fulfilling this promise, which expands into a mission to build schools, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, despite numerous challenges, including financial struggles, cultural barriers and threats from the Taliban.

The 5726th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 142

Since this book was first published in 2006, there is a penalty of 51.2%. The age adjusted score is 69.3.

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