KRAKAUER THREE CUPS OF DECEIT PDF

By now, most of you have probably heard something about the allegations of literary fabrication and financial misdeeds of the celebrated humanitarian Greg Mortenson , author of the inspiring book Three Cups of Tea. It is now offered online free, for 72 hours, by Byliner. For those who want to know more than the abbreviated version of the allegations raised on 60 Minutes, I do recommend reading it. Mortenson has built some schools in remote areas and deserves credit for that, Krakauer writes. Staff at CAI are mostly devoted to supporting the promotional activities, Krakauer says, rather than actually getting schools staffed and functioning. Mortenson has done a great deal of good, Krakauer writes, promoting the value of girls education and probably actually benefiting tens of thousands of children.

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Available at www. He is also, sadly, not what he appears to be. Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greg Mortenson, the author of the bestsellers Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools and founder of the revered charity organization Central Asia Institute, has built a global reputation around his efforts to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

But the stunning truth, reports Jon Krakauer, is that Mortenson has misused millions of dollars of donations and has lied about important aspects of his work. In the spring of , Krakauer belatedly got around to reading Three Cups of Tea.

His dogged, far-ranging investigation unearthed multiple layers of deception. Worse, Mortenson has grossly misused CAI funds. The schools are perhaps the saddest news of all. Mortenson has long insisted that CAI schools are built in terrorist strongholds and are therefore a powerful tool to promote peace and fight poverty.

In reality, most CAI schools are located in relatively quiet corners of Afghanistan and Pakistan, far from terrorist activity. Moreover, many of the schools Mortenson says he has built do not exist, and a number of others stand empty due to a lack of staffing or students, often both.

He deserves credit for that. But very soon after he launched CAI, he lost his moral bearings. He betrayed the trust of countless people, including myself. That part of the world needs all the effective help it can get. But with Mortenson running things, the organization went badly off the rails.

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Available at www. He is also, sadly, not what he appears to be. Three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greg Mortenson, the author of the bestsellers Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools and founder of the revered charity organization Central Asia Institute, has built a global reputation around his efforts to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But the stunning truth, reports Jon Krakauer, is that Mortenson has misused millions of dollars of donations and has lied about important aspects of his work. In the spring of , Krakauer belatedly got around to reading Three Cups of Tea. His dogged, far-ranging investigation unearthed multiple layers of deception. Worse, Mortenson has grossly misused CAI funds.

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But, as Jon Krakauer demonstrates in this extensively researched and penetrating book, he is not all that he appears to be. 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. He makes more than public appearances annually, in all parts of the country and abroad, and frequently appears in the news.

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Three Cups Of Deceit

One School at a Time" was released in , it has sold more than four million copies and spent years on the best-seller lists, according to a Reuters report. One of the reasons for the book's success is the inspiring story of Mortenson's mission to help needy children in Pakistan and Afghanistan get an education. Click here to learn about joining Printers Row. The uplifting book reads like a thriller with Mortenson narrowly surviving being kidnapped by Taliban "jihadis" and losing his way as he descended from the K2 mountain. Krakauer, author of "Into the Wild" and a former donor to the CAI, supports his theories through first-hand interviews with people Mortenson claims to have spoken with and numbers culled from CAI financial reports. Possibly the most egregious claim in "Three Cups of Tea" is Mortenson's story of getting lost on his way down from K2 and being nursed to health by the villagers of Korphe.

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