Book Review: Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortensen & David Oliver Relin

‘Three Cups of Tea’ is co-written by Greg Mortenson, founder and director of the non-profit Central Asia Institute, in collaboration with David Oliver Relin, an international and award-winning journalist. It tells the real-life story of one man’s mission to fulfil a promise.  

Mortenson’s extraordinary and inspiring story began in 1993 when his life-threatening failed attempt to climb K2, the world’s second highest mountain, led him to wander lost, cold and weak into Korphe, an isolated and impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Surprised and sustained by the villager’s compassion, as they nursed him back to health, the American mountaineer promised he would return and build a school to repay them for their kindness. 

‘Three Cups of Tea’ chronicles the fulfilment of that promise and more. Since 1993 Mortenson has dedicated his life to promoting education and has built not one, but fifty-five schools for girls, which offer a balanced education right in the centre of the Taliban heartland. Surviving kidnappings, repeated death threats, and prolonged separation from his wife and children, he has become a ‘living hero’ to the village communities of Pakistan and Afghanistan. A New York Times bestseller, and Time Magazine Asia Book of the Year, ‘Three Cups of Tea’ demonstrates how one individual has the ability to change the lives of many. 

‘Three Cups of Tea’ is published in paperback on 24th January 2008, priced £8.99