In 1993 a mountaineer named Greg Mortenson drifetd into an improverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram mountains after a failed attempt to climb K2. Moved by the inhabitants kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Three cups of Tea is the story of that promise and its extraordinary outcome. Over the next decade Mortenson built not just one but fifty-five schools- especially for girls- in the forbidding terrain that gave birth tp the Taliban. His story is at once a riveting adventure and a testament to the power of the humanitarian spirit.