Finally an upbeat story for a change!
This great story about building schools in war torn pakistan and afghanistan gives much needed hope about the future. americans are fighting the taliban bullies over there, and i'm sure our soldiers are hopeful that eventually a sort of peace will come to the region. mortenson is working the other side of the problem right in the areas the taliban are trying to control! gradually i truly believe things can improve. at least someone has had the courage and tried. a tiny percentage of reviewers criticize this book, but i think you should read it and decide for yourself. i think you'll find this story conveys a desperately needed positive message with no pessimism. i'm so glad i read it! and if you have children, encourage them to read the "young readers" versions.