I’ll bet you guys remember, especially those of us who began attending The Ohio State University in Autumn of 2009, the book “Three Cups of Tea.” It is the story of Greg Mortenson, an avid mountaineer-turned-philanthropist who was inspired to help build schools for Middle Eastern girls after his unintentional visit to the village of Korphe, and it was required reading at The Ohio State University in 2009. Not only did OSU assign this book, but in the same year it was assigned by Capital University and others (I’m trying to procure a list as we speak), and it was publicized as being required reading for senior officers deployed to Afghanistan. (This is contested, but it does reflect an interest in the “hearts and minds” campaign idea on the part of our military.)
Anyway, long story short, 60 Minutes released an expose on April 17th about Mortenson that suggests large parts of his two books (Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools) are fabricated and that there are suspicious practices afoot in his non-profit, the Central Asia Institute.
Following are links to various pieces of evidence/viewpoints:
Exhibit A: Jon Krakauer’s Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
Exhibit B: 60 Minutes’ “Greg Mortenson”, the 60 Minutes expose based on Krakauer’s book
Exhibit C: Scott Darsney Questions the Accuracy and Fairness of “Three Cups of Deceit” — A climbing friend of Mortenson comes to his defense.
Exhibit D: Greg Mortenson Speaks
Edit: Susan was kind enough to provide more grist for the mill–
Exhibit E: “Tracking Down Mortenson’s Schools in Pakistan” , as seen on the Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty website.
Exhibit F: “In Defense of Greg Mortenson” as seen on OBrag.com.
Exhibit G: “Pakistan’s Education Crisis” as seen on The Pakistan Update
Exhibit H: Central Asia Institute
So, please, partake of the above info and leave your thoughts in the comments. 😀