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Preview: Greg Mortenson
January 8, 2010

Next week on the JOURNAL, we'll meet a man who knows something about change. He's the American humanitarian Greg Mortenson. His first book — THREE CUPS OF TEA — has sold over 3.5 million copies around the world, in 41 countries. It tells the remakable story about his efforts to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Check local listings)

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Biography

Greg Mortenson is the co-founder of nonprofit Central Asia Institute, Pennies For Peace, and co-author of NEW YORK TIMES bestseller THREE CUPS OF TEA, which has sold 3.5 million copies, been published in 41 countries, and a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller for over three years since its 2007 release, and TIME Magazine Asia Book of The Year.

Mortenson's new book, STONES INTO SCHOOLS: PROMOTING PEACE WITH BOOKS NOT BOMBS, IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN, has just been released.

As of 2009, Mortenson has established over 131 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan, which provide education to over 58,000 children, including 44,000 girls, where few education opportunities existed before.

In Pakistan, most CAI schools are in the northern areas, along the LOC (Line of Control border war zone with India) and NWFP along the Afghanistan border. In Afghanistan, CAI schools are in Badakshan, Kunar, Nuristan, Maidan Shar, Panjshir and Nangahar province, along with additional tent schools near Khost, Urozgan province and outskirts of Kabul

In 2009, Mortenson received Pakistan's highest civil award, Sitara-e-Pakistan ("Star of Pakistan") for his humanitarian effort to promote girls education in rural areas for fifteen years.

Several bi-partisan U.S. Congressional representatives have nominated Mortenson for the Nobel Peace Prize twice in both 2009 and 2010.

Mortenson was born in 1957, and grew up on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (1958 to 1973). His father Dempsey, founded Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) www.kcmc.ac.tz a hospital, and mother, Jerene, founded the International School Moshi.

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany (1977-1979), where he received the Army Commendation Medal, and later graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1983.
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PREVIEW: GREG MORTENSON
author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson, whose best-selling books THREE CUPS OF TEA and STONES INTO SCHOOLS argue that education is the best way to peace in Afghanistan and across the Islamic world.

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