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Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way Paperback – July 1, 2011
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“Krakauer forcefully claims that Mortenson improperly used his charity’s funds and failed to build all the schools he says he did.” –Chicago Tribune
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Photos documenting Krakauer's books and non-writing life can be viewed on his personal Instagram account: https://instagram.com/krakauernotwriting/
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There is a cautionary moral to be drawn from all this, though: If you're going to go high-profile in promoting an agenda, you'd BETTER be prepared to be scrutinized and accountable for all that you do---especially when using other people's money.
Upon hearing of Krakauer's essay, and the "60 Minutes" story, I began to research all I could. I've read Mortenson's response in "Outside" as well as that of his climbing partner, which do little to call into question Krakauer's expose.
To me, this is an important story that rings very true. As someone who has met Mortenson, heard him speak and considered both sides, I'd give much more weight to Krakauer's essay than seems to be given by most of his die hard fans.
I know if my mother were alive, she would be ashamed of Mortenson. She also wouldn't hold on vociferously to his story and would take being bilked standing up and ready to make it right. I intend to do so for her, and would urge those fans of Mortenson's to truly examine their motivations to defend him.
This is a must read- not only for the sake of those who have been had, but for all who want a look at what happens when ego takes the lead on a nonprofit, and when someone is more comfortable with the person they wish to portray than the one they are.
Mortenson should be ashamed.
According to dozens of people who spoke to Krakauer, most of whom are quoted by name, Mortenson lied about the origins of his school-building project, lied about the number of schools he's built, lied about how much time he spends in Afghanistan, lied about his financial relationship with his charity, lied about how much he pays himself, lied about his "kidnapping" in 1996, and even lied about the fact that schools are mainly in relatively peaceful parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. There are probably a few other lies I've forgotten. For his own ego and financial gain, Mortenson took advantage of the goodwill of donors in America and all over the world.
As Krakauer points out, we are so desperate for good news out of Afghanistan that we latched onto Mortenson's story despite some of its obvious flaws (the Taliban didn't really exist in Pakistan in 1996, for example). Mortenson's efforts to defend himself at this point are pathetic, and if he is smart - and wants to avoid a criminal indictment - he will come clean and then slink away, never to be seen or heard again. And hopefully, the rest of us will be a little wiser the next time a Pied Piper comes along promising to solve the world's ills -- for just a few bucks down!
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I wish it weren't so, but wishing something doesn't make it true. This report is well-documented, well-written, and sadly accurate.
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Thanks to Greg Mortenson, there are schools and the CAI. He was able to fund raise 23 million dollars--in one period of fundraising--and you are complaining about 1 million he... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was curious about this follow up to Three Cups of Tea. It was very enlightening and answered so of the question I had after reading the original book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by pattyjo
Just sounds as a hateful story to me. Expected a more contrasted and solid story from a journalist.
I still see Mortenson's motivation to be about constructing more schools... Read more
Krakauer provides an in-depth analysis of a shyster (Mortenson). I found this book both intriguing and disturbing; disturbing because a disingenuous scumbag has gotten away with... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
I was peripherally aware of this Character over the years, but never read his book or attended any of his talks (despite his coming to my town on more than one occasion)
I'm... Read more
This is an incredible account of 3 cups of tea- the real story, by a once insider. With all the fairy tale stories of regular people changing the world, I really see how these are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
The author obviously had a giant axe to grind. It would have been a better chapter in a larger book on the wastefulness of charities in general, than a giant, "boo hoo,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by scooteristi