Greg Mortenson is the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, a tireless advocate for improved education in impoverished areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the founder of the Central Asia Institute (CAI), a non-profit that builds schools in these areas. He's also, according to Jon Krakauer, not all that he appears to be. Krakauer is himself a bestselling author (Into the Wild, Into Thin Air), with a well-deserved reputation for penetrating nonfiction. Motivated by his own humanitarian concerns, and having donated considerable sums to CAI, Krakauer now applies his investigative skills to the unmasking of what he calls the "image of Mortenson that has been created for public consumption… an artifact born of fantasy, audacity, and an apparently insatiable hunger for esteem." Did Mortenson discover the village that inspired his crusade while wandering lost down K2? Was he abducted and held for eight days by the Taliban? Has he built all the schools that he has claimed? Tempered by Krakauer's fairly giving CAI credit where it's due, Three Cups of Deceit mounts an extensive, passionate exploration into these questions. --Jason Kirk
"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
I have been a long time Jon Krakauer fan but this essay really gave me a bit of pause about my wide eyed belief of the other 'factual stories" of his that I have pored over. Read morePublished 2 days ago by JP115
I just recently read Three cups of tea after finding it on my daughters bookshelf. It was an inspiring story, until I told her I was reading it, and she told me about this book! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tom B.
Very interesting look into how people abuse and use the media system to their own advantage. Great quick read that makes you ask a lot of questionsPublished 9 days ago by sean
Wow. You do not want to piss off Jon Krakauer. Greg Mortenson has clearly done so. Once I cracked the cover, I couldn't put it down.Published 17 days ago by Cackster
I found this book while reading other people's reviews of Three Cups of Tea. I wanted to see if others had found the book as biased an unrealistic as I did. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Melanie D. Typaldos
Eye opening and should definitely read especially if you read
montenson's Three Cups of Tea .
Here again I was disappointed in the story about Greg Mortenson by Jon Krakauer. He wrote previously interesting stories literally
out of nothing and made them real. Read more
A bit of a slog. Read it after reading Krakauer's Into Thin Air, which was fantastic.Published 2 months ago by L. Shook