Three Cups of Deceit

Three Cups of Deceit

How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way

Book - 2011
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Argues that author and humanitarian Greg Mortenson, noted for his campaign to open schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan, has not been truthful about his past, his reasons for opening schools, or his abduction by the Taliban.
Publisher: New York :, Anchor Books,, 2011.
Edition: First Anchor Books edition.
ISBN: 9780307948762
Branch Call Number: 361.74092 M8877K
Characteristics: 75 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: 3 cups of deceit


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Aug 09, 2019

I do love some delicious drama with theft and betrayal and colonialism and millions of dollars, and this book was slightly disappointing in that Krakauer's reporting always sticks to the facts and doesn't often speculate about people's thoughts or feelings. Good reporting, not as dramatic a book as it could be! It's a valuable piece of insight into high-dollar charity culture; I'm sure this charity isn't the only one getting away with this kind of financial sleight of hand.

Dec 19, 2017

Good research, good writing, scathing critique.

Oct 09, 2017

Excellent book. Krakauer really did his research here.

Apr 15, 2016

MUST read "three cups of tea" first! it is much easier to understand with the "3 cups of tea" background. then look up Greg Mortenson/three cups of tea on the internet.

Oct 26, 2012

Oh my! I, like lots of others, have read both "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools" by Greg Mortenson. Jon Krakauer is a methodical, detailed-oriented writer, who does incredible and careful research. He was also a believer until he started finding out that Mortensen's books, as well as what he says he accomplished are more fiction than nonfiction.

How disappointing to find out that Motenson has stolen millions of dollars from the charity and that his accomlishments are more embellishment than fact. Did you know that although the charity pays for all of the costs for promoting Mortenson's books, HE actually keeps all of the money generated by the books? We're talking about millions of dollars. How disappointing!

It would be tempting to dismiss Karakauer, but if you have read any of his other books, you will know that his credibility level is extremely high. Believe him, even though it's painful to believe how Morenson has deceived the public.

Jul 31, 2012

Another great piece of writing from Jon Krakauer. Anything he writes on is absolute gold. One of my favorite authors out there

Nov 10, 2011

I think Krakauer's book is important -- if you are taking money from people for whatever good cause, you should be scrupulously honest and transparent. And you should leave your ego behind. Krakauer shows Mortenson, for all his fine intentions and some good outcomes, did none of this.

ijaeger Nov 06, 2011

Our high opinion of Jon Krakauer was completely reversed when we read this book. His condemnation of Greg Mortenson as a liar appears to be based on some minor discrepancies in dates and locations and perhaps some enhancements of actual events. It sounds to us a bit like sour grapes.
The fact remains that Greg did build a number of schools, and that he used donated monies to fly to some fund raising events does not constitute fraud.


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