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Dan

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

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
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    (77)
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    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 bestselling books, 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.

    D. Martin says: "Had to be written, doesn't have to be read"
    "Had to be written, doesn't have to be read"
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    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.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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