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Three Cups of Deceit

How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
Krakauer, Jon (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Krakauer, Jon
Title: Three cups of deceit
how Greg Mortenson, humanitarian hero, lost his way
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2011
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
Characteristics: 75 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm
Notes: "Originally published digitally in the United States by Byliner, Inc., in 2011"--T.p. verso
Summary: 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.
Alternate Title: 3 cups of deceit
ISBN: 0307948765
9780307948762
Branch Call Number: 371.74 Kr
Statement of Responsibility: Jon Krakauer
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 72-75)
Subject Headings: Philanthropists Humanitarian assistance, American Afghanistan Humanitarian assistance, American Pakistan Girls' schools Afghanistan Girls' schools Pakistan Humanitarian intervention Afghanistan Humanitarian intervention Pakistan Central Asia Institute Mortenson, Greg. Three cups of tea
Topical Term: Philanthropists
Humanitarian assistance, American
Humanitarian assistance, American
Girls' schools
Girls' schools
Humanitarian intervention
Humanitarian intervention
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Jul 31, 2012
  • lyndzbrooke rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • okbookgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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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