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Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way - Jon Krakauer In adding shelves for Jon Krakauer's Three Cups of Deceit, I was tempted to add "true crime" to the list, because that's essentially what this is. The insanely popular and motivational story behind Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea is tragic only in its reflection on American society. While Mortenson may have started off with good intentions, the intense desire for fame and fortune and the pile-on of Americans looking for a feel-good story may have contributed to one of the most obscene scams in recent history.Krakauer, a former supporter of Mortenson's organization, provides an exhaustive look at Mortenson's lies, omissions, and exaggerations that include everything from the back story (he claims he was held hostage by terrorists when photographs show him joking around and holding weapons alongside his "captors") to where the donations to his organization are actually going (it's alleged that his organization buys scores of copies of his books to prop up sales).If even half the allegations in Three Cups of Deceit are true, Mortenson has a lot to answer for. At the very least, it should encourage people to look closely at the organization they are sending their money to. It may never reach where you intend.

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