Synopses & Reviews
Greg Mortenson, the bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea, is a man who has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, as Jon Krakauer demonstrates in this extensively researched and penetrating book, he is not all that he appears to be.
Based on wide-ranging interviews with former employees, board members, and others who have intimate knowledge of Mortenson and his charity, the Central Asia Institute, Three Cups of Deceit uncovers multiple layers of deception behind Mortenson’s public image. Was his crusade really inspired by a desire to repay the kindness of villagers who nursed him back to health when he became lost on his descent down K2? Was he abducted and held for eight days by the Taliban? Has his charity built all of the schools that he has claimed? This book is a passionately argued plea for the truth, and a tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.
100% of Jon Krakauer’s proceeds from the sale of Three Cups of Deceit will be donated to the “Stop Girl Trafficking” project at the American Himalayan Foundation (www.himalayan-foundation.org/live/project/stopgirltrafficking).
"In this withering examination of humanitarian and bestselling-author Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute (Mortenson's non-profit charged with building schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan), Krakauer (Into the Wild) writes: 'The first eight chapters of Three Cups of Tea are an intricately wrought work of fiction presented as fact...Mortenson has lied about the noble deeds he has done, the risks he has taken, the people he has met, the number of schools he has built.' While Krakauer acknowledges the value of Mortenson's efforts, he takes umbrage with his practices: using his organization as an ATM to fund his travel, book, and promotional expenses without oversight or reporting; and peppering his books with falsehoods in order to heighten the drama and improve his image, all of which has enabled the CAI to raise more than $50 million in donations since the book's 2006 publication. That Krakauer is among the flock that was fleeced (having donated over $75,000 to the cause) makes his vitriol even more understandable. 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.
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About the Author
Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory. and is the editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.