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Learn a Lesson.
For all those people who were too sidetracked by the writing...GET OVER IT. You don't see the forest for the trees! Look beyond and see the story of what a person can do for others. It serves as an example to all of us in this day of the Me First society. IT IS NOT SELF SERVING. I have seen Mortensen on Book TV and on the TODAY show. He is a modest man. I wish more Americans would learn a lesson from this man and others like him. I thank God for people like him.
Inspiring,but a little biased...and authors need to get there facts checked
I read this book after getting great reviews about it online,and also its story line did intrigue me. Greg Mortenson's story is so inspiring and so full of passion it does motivate me in his lines.
Story? Check. Storytelling? Uncheck
The writing skill in this book isn't as expected from a bestseller - but then I suppose the authors needed to get their work and mission to be put out to people to help them get sponsors. What irked me here in the book was some reference to India being a Hindu neighbor (please do check in with your facts-its a secular country-it has almost 2.5million -3million Muslims,apart from various other religions). I do understand the bias (towards Pakistan) to the Kargil conflict in the book,as they were working in Pakistan and were being informed about their side of the story.
Greg Mortenson's story is inspirational and true. We can all agree on that.
The Presidential Candidates Need to Read This Book
The fault that this book suffers from is the compete lack of any writing talent. The book put emphasis on boring details. All the while, quotes from the present day make the book feel like a 400 page newspaper article. It's like they couldn't decide if they wanted it to be a novel or a biography.
Greg Mortenson had an amazing story to tell, and I respect that. However, it seems that Mortenson wanted to write it like a novel, but had a journalist help him write it, resulting in a very poor blend of styles and an overall poor book.
Someone in my bookclub found this book and had us all read it, otherwise I might not have picked it up. I am so glad to have the book's information and perspective now, when our country is once again talking of murderous action in Afganistan and Pakistan, and both candidtaes are calling for greater escalation. We all - and they especially - need to be brought face to face with the facts: war in the middle east is morally wrong and strategically misguided. This book, by telling a story of some of the people there, is the most effective teacher we could have.
Spoiled in the telling
Thank you Greg Mortenson and David Relin.
This is an inspirational story of courage, fortitude and persistence in a noble cause. Few of us can say that we leave the Earth a better place than we entered it but Mortenson can. What a pity then that he has made such an error of judgment in choosing his collaborator. To say that the prose is pedestrian would be a kindness; it is simply appalling. Good writing has few adjectives; in this book they are scattered like snowflakes in a storm.
Mortenson would have been better served by a competent biographer than by a hack.
This is one of the most liberal books I have ever read. The story line is great and what Greg has done is wonderful but it can be presented in a different way than how this book has been written. For example, "If we Americans are to learn form our mistakes, from the flailing, ineffective way we, as a nation, conducted the war on terror after the attacks of 9/11, and from the way we have failed to make our case to the great moderate mass of peace loving people at the heart of the Muslim world, we need to listen to Greg Mortenson." p5
Miss, not a hit
In my opinion they can praise Mortenson without criticizing the nation...it was in poor taste and very unnecessary.
While the message is fascinating and uplifting, the writing is so dreadful that I could hardly bring myself to finish the book.
Heart warming & motivating
I loved the message of this book. I can’t help but wish that those in powerful positions would read this book and talk to Greg. I truly believe that much could be learned from his approach to the evil that is prevalent in that region and other regions as well. It was very motivating. I want to become involved in helping make a difference. May God be with him!