It is a biography of Greg Mortenson as told to a third party. It tells of one man's struggle to climb the K2, failing, getting lost and coming to a village where he was befriended by the people there. Seeing the children on the ground studying without a teacher and only the dirt to write in; he decided to see that the children had a proper school. He thought that by building schools and educating the children, there could some day be peace. He is spending his life building schools, over coming many obstacles. The title of the book comes about by the custom of the village. One cup of tea, you are a stranger, second cup of tea, you are a friend and the third cup of tea, you are considered part of their family. As it says, in the book, once you are family, they will die for you if necessary. You learn so much about the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan and the people there. It is such an enlightening book. Part way through the book, I thought, too bad this isn't required reading. At the end of the book I saw where it was now required reading in Freshman, Honors and campus wide reading in over 80 universities and hundreds of schools. It is also required reading for senior U.S. military commanders, Pentagon officers in counter-insurgency training and Special Forces deploying to Afghanistan. In 2009, Greg Mortenson was awarded the Star of Pakistan, it is their government's highest civilian award.
He has a new book coming out that picks up where this book leaves off. It will be out December 1, 2009. I can't wait to read it! !