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Three Cups of Deceit by Jon Krakauer
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Jun 03, 2011

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Well. What do you know? Is it possible that the whole Three Cups of Tea book is a fake? Okay, not the whole book, but that Greg Mortenson (and his ghost writer) fabricated many of the tales in the book to make things more interesting? And is it possible that Greg Mortenson used hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of the CAI donations to promote his books and travel lavishly around the country? Is it possible he is not the leader her claims to be and that there are dozens of empty schools in Asia because yes they were built, but then nothing else was done? I went back and read my review of Three Cups of Tea and remembered that the book definitely left me a little unsettled. Maybe what Jon Krakauer claims, and apparently has proven, is the reason why. I read through this very quickly, I couldn't take in all of the names of people and places, but got the overall point. There are many problems with CAI and Greg Mortenson. The main reason Jon Krakauer took on this story is because he had personally given tens of thousands of dollars to CAI, but once board members and employees of the organization began quitting left and right, he took a closer look. Very interesting and very sad for all of the people who donated to this organization. I have to say I believe what Krakauer had to say. And here is the first reason we should have known Mortenson was a dishonest man. He let the people in Asia call him Dr. Greg even though he was a nurse.
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message 1: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Would love to get your take on this controversy!

message 2: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Ha ha ha ha ha, are you sure he really wasn't Greg Focker?

Sara Ha, ha! They should have followed Jack Burns' lead and called him Greg RN.

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