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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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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was very satisfying considering after reading Three Cups of Tea. Greg Mortenson belongs in prison.Published 8 hours ago by Kelly
A very good book. It's too bad Greg Mortenson has never been held accountable.Published 7 days ago by Jane A. Waranowski
The book has lots of different sources to fully trust what's in it. Great research work in order to bring to light another big liar of the ngoPublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really made me ashamed to have been so taken with Three Cups of Tea!Published 8 days ago by E. Burt McKenzie Jr.
In typical Krakauer style, it is well researched and well written. I heard about the feud between Mortenson and Krakauer a few years ago. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sean C. Markus
Reading Three Cups of Tea is a must before reading this book. I understand why Krakauer felt the need to write this book, the evidence against Mortenson is glaring and Krakauer... Read morePublished 16 days ago by MaryannT
A great read for those who can't get enough of the con man / fraud genre. Krakauer shows that he can balance the roles of professional journalist, duped investor, and entertainer... Read morePublished 21 days ago by mg
Good to know the truth even if it is disappointing. Author documents his claims. No more money to Greg Mortensen.Published 1 month ago by Brenda Bell