Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way [NOOK Book]

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Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused ...
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Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way

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Overview

Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children’s crusader, and he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his bestselling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself.

This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.

One hundred percent 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.himalayanfoundation.org/live/project/stopgirltrafficking).
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Editorial Reviews

Author of "Bringing the Heat" and "Black Hawk Down" - Mark Bowden
"The truth matters. Jon Krakauer's takedown of Greg Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea and the charitable foundation he built from it is devastating. It is not just the fascinating story of a huckster who took publishers, philanthropists, journalists, academics, and a gullible public for a ride, but a detailed trip into the slippery netherworld where what matters most is what sells, not what really happened."
Chicago Tribune - Elizabeth Taylor
“Krakauer forcefully claims that Mortenson improperly used his charity’s funds and failed to build all the schools he says he did.”
- - Publishers Weekly
"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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013369085
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 61,616
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet 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." He is also the editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.
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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Outstanding, as usual! tho' short . . .

    Through careful and thorough research Mr. Krakauer has revealed another charity who bases its treasury/income on lies and fantasies put forth in a profitable way by a clever charlatan. Americans are generous and caring and it makes me very very angry and sad to be taken by such duplicity. I hope Mr. Krakauer continues his probe into Mr. Mortensen's criminal behavior, or at least perhaps the IRS decides to take a long look into Mortensen's 'charity'. Keep on truckin' Krakauer!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    Highly recommended....an enlightening read!

    In this concise book, Jon Krakauer exposes the truth about Greg Mortensen and the Central Asia Institute. In his inimitable and readable prose, Krakauer tells the true story of Mortensen's experiences in Central Asia from the time after his climb of K2 to the present. He reveals, after extensive and careful research, the facts of what has actually happened with the funds from the charity Mortensen established. The lies purported to be truth in Mortensen's books are exposed. This is a must read for anyone who has supported Mortensen's efforts in Asia.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Highly recommend if you are teaching Three Cups of Tea (or were teaching it)

    This book is typical Krakuer style. He has done his homework and tells it like it is. The feel good story of "Tea" is exposed for what it was: a modern day tale that folks wanted very much to believe. Three Cups of Tea has been adopted by many school districts. If it remains on reading lists, Krakuer's book should be studied at the same time. Students would have an excellent opportunity to examine the facts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    Not that great expose of a conman. Not Krakaur's best, by far.

    A good factual review of a conman, but not very interesting or compelling. Kind of whiney.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Information worth passing along

    It is an easy read that is not too lengthy. In a concise style, it explains the errors and dishonesty behind a noble idea that spawned a popular book and a charity.

    Sad, but I really do believe it should be read by more people so they know what the charity really does with the money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

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    Greg mortenson is a liar

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I am a long-time fan of Jan Krakauer's writing. This book is no exception to my opinion. It is a 75 page personal documentary, engaging and sadly informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Interesting

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Great expos?

    Krakauer lays out a persuasive case against Greg.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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