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Ricky M. Bates - Associate Professor of Ornamental Horticulture, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Three Cups of Tea

Author: Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

Book Description:

When asked to select a title that has special meaning to me, my mind settled not on subjects related to my chosen field of horticulture but on contemporaries I admire for their contributions to humanity. Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea) has endured enormous personal sacrifice while embracing some of the world’s poorest people. The impact of his work reverberates throughout his adopted culture and provides a beacon of hope for generations to come. While Mortenson quietly go about the business of serving the downtrodden, he is a reminder that one person can indeed make a difference, and points to what is truly important in life. This book provides us with a refreshing perspective on solving some of the world’s seemingly intractable problems.


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