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    Is Three Cups of Tea Writer Greg Mortenson a Fraud?

    When 60 Minutes was finished with superstar philanthropist and U.S. military adviser Greg Mortenson on Sunday night, the author of Three Cups of Tea—a 2006 bestselling memoir of adventures and good works in Afghanistan and Pakistan—was in a million little pieces.

    Correspondent Steve Kroft reported that key anecdotes in Mortenson’s inspirational narrative—which launched him as a humanitarian folk hero, attracted $60 million in donations to his nonprofit Central Asia Institute, and personally earned him millions of dollars in book royalties and lecture fees—appear to have been fabricated.
    I can't believe this, I loved Three Cups of Tea! This pisses me off to no end.

    If you don't trust the article ( I didn't), watch the 60 Minutes report:

    Greg Mortenson - 60 Minutes - CBS News

    This is a gross, horrible abuse of the public's trust. We need to crucify this a**hole.
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    Re: Is Three Cups of Tea Writer Greg Mortenson a Fraud?

    An interesting point Krakeur brings up in the end of the story, Mortenson has done a great deal of good, but he threatens to destroy it all because of his gross exaggerations, and at some point, outright fabrications.

    What gets me going is that he was apparently serving himself by helping, or telling people he helped, kids in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Logically, the kids are secondary to his primary goal, which would be monetary gain on his part.
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