A book for today


I was introduced to this book about a year and a half ago, when I was getting ready to volunteer at a school in Turkey for ten days.  I usually remain mum about the significance of today’s date unless a student brings it up in a class, but today I will say this: Americans should read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. It’s simply written and therefore easy to read, but conveys in no uncertain terms that education is key to understanding and preventing violence. 

Please, read this book. Even if you aren’t interested in world politics or education, there is much more in it, too — mountain climbing, world travel, construction, family issues… just about anyone can find some connection to it.