Three Cups of Deceit

How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way

Krakauer, Jon

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Three Cups of Deceit
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: 0307948765
Branch Call Number: 371.74 Kr
Characteristics: 75 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Alternate Title: 3 cups of deceit


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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.

Nov 06, 2011
  • ijaeger rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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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