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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.

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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.

For each of the past three years he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. As he walked onto the stage in the sold-out arena, more than two thousand men, women, and children leapt to their feet to express their admiration with cheers, whistles, and deafening applause.

Hoping to get an autograph from Mortenson, hundreds of fans were holding copies of his book, which had spent the previous four years and two months on the New York Times paperback nonfiction bestseller list, and showed every sign of remaining there well into the future.

Greg, twelve years her senior, had appointed himself her protector. After seventy-eight days of primal struggle at altitude on K2, he felt like a faint, shriveled caricature of himself. A week into his homeward trek through Baltistan, as this corner of Pakistan is known, Mortenson became separated from Mouzafer Ali, the Balti porter he had hired to carry his heavy backpack.

A few hours later, he arrived at a village he assumed was Askole. As Mortenson walked into the settlement, a throng of local youngsters, fascinated by the tall foreigner, gathered around him. Rousing himself, he explained that he had to get to Askole and meet a man named Mouzafer who was carrying all his belongings.

Haji Ali gripped his guest by the shoulders with his powerful hands and pushed him back on the pillows. In Three Cups of Tea, Mortenson never indicates exactly how many days he spent in Korphe on that initial visit in , but he implies it was a lengthy stay:.

Each morning and afternoon he would walk briefly about Korphe, accompanied, as always, by children tugging at his hands….

He could barely make it down the switchback path that led to the river…. But he was determined to try. He set broken bones and did what little he could with painkillers and antibiotics. They reminded [him] of the way Christa had to fight for the simplest things. Also the way she had of just persevering, no matter what life threw at her. He decided he wanted to do something for them…. Haji Ali led Mortenson up a steep path to a vast open ledge…. He was appalled to see eighty-two children, seventy-eight boys and the four girls who had the pluck to join them, kneeling in the frosty ground, in the open.

After the last note of the anthem had faded, the children sat in a neat circle and began copying their multiplication tables. I knew I had to do something. He devotes nearly a third of the book to this transformative experience, which he says occurred in September In fact, Mortenson would not even make the acquaintance of Haji Ali, or anyone else in Korphe, until more than a year later, in October , under entirely different circumstances.

The first eight chapters of Three Cups of Tea are an intricately wrought work of fiction presented as fact. And by no means was this an isolated act of deceit.

The image of Mortenson that has been created for public consumption is an artifact born of fantasy, audacity, and an apparently insatiable hunger for esteem. Mortenson has lied about the noble deeds he has done, the risks he has taken, the people he has met, the number of schools he has built. Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these ten gripping essays show why Jon Krakauer is considered a standard-bearer of modern journalism.

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Three Cups of Deceit

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?

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Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way

Look Inside. May 03, Minutes Buy. 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.

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What Mortenson Got Wrong

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.

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'Three Cups of Deceit' reveals a fraud

Rajeev paused for a moment. People might become dependant on outsiders, and corruption can become a problem. Foreign-funded structures have a tendency to overuse cement, which can change local construction patterns in environmentally damaging ways, especially in dry parts of Central Asia. Rajeev believed that teacher training and other cultural factors often have more value. It might have been a mistake. I asked about his impressions of Mortenson.

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