Three Cups of… we’re not sure…


I was a little sad when I saw that Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools and co-founder of the Central Asia Institute is in a little hot water.

For those of who haven’t read Three Cups of Tea, this inspiring book is about a failed K2 ascent in 1993 that lead into a life of giving back by raising money to build schools for girls in the countrysides of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  In 1996, he co-founded the Central Asia Institute with Dr. Jean Hoerni.

The books by Mortenson are wonderful to read.  They show a man who was willing to help others no matter the cost to himself.  From his exhausted retreat of K2 into the village Korphe to his abduction by Taliban in Stones into Schools, this is a man who isn’t scared of doing what he believes is right.

And apparently he is a fabricated man.

According to Jon Krakauer, the author of Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, and until recently an avid supporter of Mortenson’s, everything that the public know about Mortenson and his organization is a falsehood.  In fact, Krakauer compares Mortenson’s books to that infamous “biography” that was so hot a couple of years ago, A Million Little Pieces by James Frey(which I still see in the biography section of some bookstores).  And there are more serious allegations made than just a little story-telling.

If you want to read more about this click on the following links:

School Supplies for Afghan Children

CBS News

Central Asia Institute

Jon Krakauer Byliner

Brookings

CTV News

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2 responses to “Three Cups of… we’re not sure…

  1. Thanks for the links….having suggested and read this book with my book club and almost donating to CAI, this is something I am definitely interested in keeping tabs on.

    • No worries! I’m glad that you found the links useful. Definitely check out the link pertaining to Jon Krakauer. It has the 89 page byline which is quite informative.

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