• Three Cups of Deceit

  • How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-03-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (307 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Greg Mortenson has built a global reputation as a selfless humanitarian and children's crusader, and he's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is also not what he appears to be. As acclaimed author Jon Krakauer discovered, Mortenson has not only fabricated substantial parts of his best-selling books Three Cups of Tea and Stones into Schools, but has also misused millions of dollars donated by unsuspecting admirers like Krakauer himself.
This is the tragic tale of good intentions gone very wrong.
100% of Jon Krakauer's proceeds from the sale of Three Cups of Deceit will be donated to the "Stop Girl Trafficking" project at the American Himalayan Foundation (www.himalayan-foundation.org/live/project/stopgirltrafficking).
©2011 Jeri Smith-Ready (P)2011 Random House
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5 out of 5 stars
By Shiran on 03-06-13

How Greg Mortenson F**ked w/ the Wrong Journalist!

Would you listen to Three Cups of Deceit again? Why?

Would I? Already did. It's a small masterpiece. An unrelenting methodical, clear-eyed exposé of the flaws, lies, and criminal activities of the fraudster that personally robbed Krakauer of over $75,000 and has taken tens of millions from the rest of us.

This is not Krakauer's finest work (as a narrative piece it's probably his weakest) but it doesn't aim to compete with Krakauer's prior work. Krakauer simply aims to deconstruct, not explain, the fraud that is Greg Mortenson and in that mission the book is an unequivocal success. The read is at times unpleasant, as the truth is sometimes, but someone had to write this book. That it was a writer of Krakauer's caliber, who is personally familiar with Mortenson's charity, Mortenson, and a few other key characters in this sad saga, is just an unexpected bonus.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Krakauer, as the "character" who not only disassociated from the charity and its founder, but also took the time to publicly dismantle them. I'm thankful he took the time to write this mini-book; certain he had more exciting projects lined up.

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nice accents on the various characters. Not sure how precise the foreign accents were but it certainly added "color" to the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Confirmed my suspicion that even charities that start off innocently often metamorphosize into vehicles for the perpetuation of their leaders' personal interests.

Any additional comments?

A must read for anyone who has read Three Cups of Tea or Stones into Schools. A highly recommended read for the anyone who has ever donated or thought about donating to a public charity (i.e., everyone else).

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2 out of 5 stars
By D. Martin on 12-01-11

Had to be written, doesn't have to be read

Krakauer is one of those authors whose taste I trust so much that I'd read basically anything he chooses to put the effort into writing. But my faith in him is being tested.

The two "Into" books are great, Eiger Dreams is worth reading, and Under the Banner of Heaven is wonderful; but the Pat Tilman book was overkill--the story just did not deserve a full-length book by an author of Krakauer's abilities.

This piece is even more marginal. It reads like an indictment, a litany of all the many petty crimes and misdemeanors of Greg Mortenson. It's not a nuanced story. The guy is a petty fabricator, who has managed to do some slight good in South Asia despite himself, but has embezzled far more than he's channeled into charity.

The reason Krakauer chooses to waste his prodigious talents on this topic is clear: he (Krakauer) was personally duped by the guy (Mortenson) and is still smarting from it. Fair enough, and someone needed to do the investigative journalism to make clear that there's absolutely no doubt the guy's a crook. But it's not worth listening to.

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