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5.0 out of 5 stars Investigative journalism at its best -- but don't like what he found, April 23, 2011
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This review is from: Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way (Kindle Single) (Kindle Edition)
I read "Three Cups of Tea" very early on and was totally hooked. I talked to everyone who would listen to me about this great book and the great things Greg Mortenson was doing in Afghanistan. I had my book group read it and when he came to speak at my church last year, got tickets for all of us to go. It was a deeply moving story of hope and totally sucked me in - including my making monetary donations.

When my mother-in-law told me about the "60 Minutes" piece I was skeptical but didn't dismiss it. I went in search of more information and came across this. Imagine my surprise when I found out Jon Krakauer was the person doing the whistle blowing. I have tremendous respect for Jon Krakauer and his "Into Thin Air" is a book that had an enormous impact on me. If he is questioning the validity of the "Three Cups of Tea" narrative, I will listen.

I bought this 80-page investigative piece and read it all last night. After reading what Mr. Krakauer wrote, I have to believe him. These are not random accusations, but are backed up by the kind of excellent investigative journalism too often lacking in our sound-bite world. Documentation abounds throughout which shines a light on the deception and egomania of Mr. Mortenson. Hard facts are presented showing that many of the stories are fabricated in the "Three Cups of Tea" book and the Central Asia Institute (CAI) is an organization being run according to the whims of Mr. Mortenson. While not embezzling from it directly, the foundation is being used as a personal ATM (direct quote from one of the sources) to fund a lavish lifestyle and to promote the brand of Greg Morenson.

If you have any interest in learning the facts of the situation, beyond what you get in just a couple of minutes of television news coverage, I would encourage you to buy this. All I can say is I am deeply , deeply disappointed in what was uncovered, but have no question of the validity of Jon Krakauer's accusations. CAI has received their last dollar from me and, I suspect, from a lot of other folks too.

A HUGE "thank you" to Mr. Krakauer for excellent journalism and a very well-written piece. (even though it popped my bubble).
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Initial post: Apr 24, 2011, 10:51:07 AM PDT
Sassy girl says:
Holly,
My friend/co worker has told everyone of us about this
wonderful man and his work.
She is devastated about his deceit.
Broke her heart.
It is so very sad, very sad.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2011, 5:25:18 PM PDT
Annie B says:
Holly--I didn't know about the previous 60 minutes segment until you mentioned it in your review. Still, I think that reading it just makes it more hard-hitting, somehow, more personal. Your review is great, btw, very thoughtful--and obviously educational for me. Thanks! : )

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2011, 5:55:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 24, 2011, 5:55:37 PM PDT
Holly says:
To both Sassy and Ann --

Thanks for commenting. I thought I should share that not only was the "common" man snowed by him, when I went to hear him speak, there were high-ranking military folks doing the taped introduction!

Holly

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2011, 8:59:57 AM PDT
Annie B says:
Holly--Yes, Greg Mortenson's work has been extremely uplifting and important to the troops. My son and many of his friends have been so inspired to know there was a "peace mission" of a sort going on. I really can't describe how this man impacted the troops, nor do I really understand it except that they saw it as some good coming out of the area at all. To have their inspirations dashed just truly broke my heart, as I know it did yours. So sorry about all of this.
Ann

Posted on Aug 5, 2011, 10:52:12 AM PDT
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