i'm not sure why but i avoided this book for awhile. the topic was interesting but i couldn't get myself to commit to it. my sister let me borrow it and after several months, i finally started reading it... then i couldn't put it down. i was walking through the airport with it in front of my face trying to read it without crashing into anyone/thing. it really is that good. all the hype surround it. totally justified. the only people in this book who are more incredible than greg mortenson are the people of pakistan who guide his efforts and help him to understand the country that he's devoted himself to. it's inspiring. if we all cared as much as him, the world would be a very different place. the only bad thing about this book... it leaves you wishing that there were more gregs wandering this earth wondering who he can help next.