Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself.
This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.
100% of Jon Krakauer's proceeds from the sale of Three Cups of Deceit will be donated to the "Stop Girl Trafficking" project at the American Himalayan Foundation (www.himalayan-foundation.org/live/project/stopgirltrafficking).
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Another piece of quality journalism from Mr. Krakauer
While initially skeptical of this book and perhaps seeing it as another "pile on" after reports from 60 Minutes and the American Institute of Philanthropy, I decided to give it a shot. I have lived and worked for the last three years in Southeast Afghanistan, in some of the very areas where Mr. Mortensen and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, were constructing schools. I thoroughly understand the difficult operating environment, and was curious how this book would be presented
Mr. Krakauer has built a solid reputation for trustworthy, plain-spoken investigative journalism, and this is no exception. He rightly questions the CAI's programs after taking charitable donations from readers, fans and, in the case of "Pennies for Peace", schoolchildren. I have sometimes thought his works unjustly critical, and while this book takes an obviously skewed bias (just look at the title), he presents a compelling case.
I found the audiobook to be a very interesting "read", and another fine piece for all Krakauer fans. The onus is now on the CAI to rebuff these claims and present the documentation that will defend itself. We'll see if this can be done.
I enjoyed listening but it makes me sad. I supported Greg.
My mom has been telling me for years to read Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea. The stories that she told me from that book seemed a little far fetched. Her book club was so impressed by Mortenson's work that they donated money to his organization. I had finally read the introduction of his book right before the 60 Minutes' episode ran. I continued reading Morthenson's book to familiarize myself with his organizations.
I bought Krakaur's book when I finished Three Cups of Tea. Some of Mortenson's stories that Krakauer examined were Mortenson's kidnapping, getting lost and stumbling upon Korphe, his salary, viewing Mother Teresa's dead body, and his heavy personal use of donated funds to nonprofit organizations. Krakauer's Three Cups of Deceit severely tarnished Mortenson's image. The reader of the audiobook also had a great voice.
I really hope that Mortenson acknowledges his misdeeds, or he is sent to prison for misusing nonprofit funds for his own personal gain.