Three Cups Of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way

by Jon Krakauer

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | July 1, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Three Cups Of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
 
Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea, is a man who has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, as Jon Krakauer demonstrates in this extensively researched and penetrating book, he is not all that he appears to be.
 
Based on wide-ranging interviews with former employees, board members, and others who have intimate knowledge of Mortenson and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, Three Cups of Deceit uncovers multiple layers of deception behind Mortenson’s public image. Was his crusade really inspired by a desire to repay the kindness of villagers who nursed him back to health when he became lost on his descent down K2? Was he abducted and held for eight days by the Taliban? Has his charity built all of the schools that he has claimed? This book is a passionately argued plea for the truth, and a 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).

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 7.99 × 5.19 × 0.37 in

Published: July 1, 2011

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307948765

ISBN - 13: 9780307948762

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm floored. Jon Krakauer was a supporter of Greg Mortenson and his humanitarian effort to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan (as chronicled in Mortensons books Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools). At some point, though, Krakauer started looking a little further into things, to discover that Mortenson was outright lying (in his books, as well as numerous public speaking engagements) about a lot of what he'd done. Three Cups of Deceit details what Krakauer says actually happened. Wow! Some of Krakauer's information has come from former board members of the CAI (Central Asia Institute, the foundation formed to manage everything) and from people who were involved in the events that supposedly happened. He seems to have come up with some financial information, as well (Mortenson rarely accounted for the money he spent). There's so much spinning around in my head about this. Krakauer also apparently gave Mortenson a chance to talk to him and defend himself before this was published, but to no avail. I'm just floored. I think this is something that people who have read Three Cups of Tea should follow up with.
Date published: 2012-03-22

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Three Cups Of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way

by Jon Krakauer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 7.99 × 5.19 × 0.37 in

Published: July 1, 2011

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307948765

ISBN - 13: 9780307948762

About the Book

"Originally published digitally in the United States by Byliner, Inc., in 2011"--T.p. verso.

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   Greg Mortenson doesn’t hide his light under a bushel. He makes more than 160 public appearances annually, in all parts of the country and abroad, and frequently appears in the news. For each of the past three years he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. President Obama donated $100,000 of the award money from his own Nobel Peace Prize, which he received in 2009, to the Central Asia Institute (CAI)—the charity Mortenson launched fifteen years ago to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Visiting classrooms wherever he goes, Mortenson has persuaded 2,800 American schools to become fundraising partners; last year, schoolkids collecting “Pennies for Peace” boosted CAI revenues by $2.5 million. All told, his vigorous promotion of the Greg Mortenson brand generated $23 million in donations to CAI in 2010 alone.    On March 29 of this year, I attended a lecture Mortenson gave in Cheyenne, Wyoming. As he walked onto the stage in the sold-out arena, more than two thousand men, women, and children leapt to their feet to express their admiration with cheers, whistles, and deafening applause. “If we really want to help people, we have to empower people,” Mortenson pronounced. “And empowering people starts with education.” A book cover depicting Afghan girls engrossed in study was projected onto the screen above the stage. “So I wrote this book called Three Cups of Tea,” he deadpann
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Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea, is a man who has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, as Jon Krakauer demonstrates in this extensively researched and penetrating book, he is not all that he appears to be.
 
Based on wide-ranging interviews with former employees, board members, and others who have intimate knowledge of Mortenson and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, Three Cups of Deceit uncovers multiple layers of deception behind Mortenson’s public image. Was his crusade really inspired by a desire to repay the kindness of villagers who nursed him back to health when he became lost on his descent down K2? Was he abducted and held for eight days by the Taliban? Has his charity built all of the schools that he has claimed? This book is a passionately argued plea for the truth, and a 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).

About the Author

Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory. and is the editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.

Editorial Reviews

"Packed with interviews and anecdotes that undercut Mortenson''s image as a cheerful do-gooder, Krakauer''s account of good intentions gone horribly wrong is a stunning example of investigative journalism." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Krakauer forcefully claims that Mortenson improperly used his charity’s funds and failed to build all the schools he says he did.” –Chicago Tribune