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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,975 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Krakauer Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9780307969774
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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 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).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Krakauer forcefully claims that Mortenson improperly used his charity’s funds and failed to build all the schools he says he did.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Packed with interviews and anecdotes that undercut Mortenson’s image as a cheerful do-gooder, Krakauer’s account of good intentions gone horribly wrong is a stunning example of investigative journalism.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natty Smith | 2/20/2014

    " I gave this five stars because it's a well-researched exposure by the reputable Jon Krakauer of the misdeeds of Greg Mortenson, founder of the Central Asia Institute and co-author of the two bestselling "nonfiction" novels "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones into Schools." I hope the people and causes he has harmed can survive his failures as a leader and a person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki Frankel | 2/17/2014

    " Anyone who has ever read Three Cups of Tea or Stones to Schools or even knows anything about Greg Mortenson should read this book. Mr. Krakauer presents the facts and is fair about the situation. This isn't some sensationalized tabloid stuff and there is no motive for getting this information out other than educating the public and telling the truth. We need to investigate charities thoroughly and make sure that they are using the donations they receive in the way that they claim they are. There has to be some sort of accountability. Read this book and hopefully you will understand what all the buzz is about. Greg Mortenson should be ashamed of himself and should have to personally apologize to everyone that donated to CAI and to all of the people who believed in his message. Three Cups of Deceit gives the public the ammo necessary to go after Mortenson and rationally right this injustice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathalie | 2/5/2014

    " Love me some brass tacks Krakauer. Like a Rottweiler gone all foamy at the mouth with this one - obvious that he was personally burned by Mortensen. But a fascinating read nonetheless. Not gonna be donating to CAI anytime soon despite it being a nice thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BMK | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent bit of journalism again from Mr Krakauer, systematically exposing what a scumbag Greg Mortenson is. A well researched, well written article that has also saved me from wasting my time reading 'Three Cups Of Tea' and 'Stones To Schools'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sasha Johnson | 1/25/2014

    " Recently read this with my AP Language students after reading Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea. Glad Krakauer took the time and effort to research, write and publish this. Made for an interesting follow-up discussion in class. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/14/2014

    " Note to self - do not screw with Jon Krakauer. Absolutely devastating takedown of the author of Three Cups of Tea. But also an interesting insight into how any non-profit can lose it's way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 1/10/2014

    " I like Krakauer as an author, and he's written some excellent books including "Into Thin Air", "Under the Banner of Heaven", "Into the Wild", etc. So he's no disgruntled employee of Mortenson's charitable organization, but a respected individual in his field. It's apparent that Krakauer felt he was duped by the saintly self-enhancing story that Greg Mortenson spun in his book, "Three Cups of Tea". Krakauer donated considerable sums to Mortenson's charity, the Central Asia Institute, and did some work for the organization as well, only to later discover that money was being misappropriated and many elements of the story of "Three Cups of Tea" were either gross exaggerations or outright lies. That doesn't mean that everything in Mortenson's book or organization was fraudulent, and that there aren't some good things that come from Mortenson's work. But Krakauer does destroy the pedestal that Mortenson sat upon, documenting how the heroic exploits Mortenson painted in his original story never happened, and how Mortenson has abused the charitable donations he's received. I really enjoyed Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea", but Krakauer reinforces the old adage, "if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is" (true good to be true). So unfortunately, the legend of Mortenson and his charitable work, building schools in Pakistan, has been proved to be, alas, largely untrue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie Elwood | 1/7/2014

    " This was interesting to read - I had no idea about the discrepancies between what Greg Mortenson says and what actually happened, or between what he writes and what he says. There was a slightly bitter edge to this, presumably because Jon Krakauer personally donated around $75,000 to Mortenson's organization, but it didn't detract from the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Sparks | 1/3/2014

    " Sobering to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Studt | 12/24/2013

    " I tried but did not finish Three Cups of Tea. I am so glad to see Krakauer expose this sham for what it is: complete abuse of the system. But this is the saddest of all shams because it will cause donors to second guess their giving to worthy, legitimate causes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Wales | 11/30/2013

    " Greg Mortenson should go to jail for misusing so much donor funding. What a wretched man. Kudos to Krakauer for exposing this egotistical thief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/7/2013

    " I am glad to have read this short piece, as it illuminated the smoke and shadow non-profit of Greg Mortenson and showed how deceitful non profits can be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riki | 7/17/2013

    " I'm glad I never read any of Mortenson's books. It's shocking what a con man he is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neha Shah | 3/24/2013

    " I couldn't get through Three Cups of Tea, and this book explains why. Some good stuff in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Szarka | 11/3/2012

    " AMAZING. I love reading Jon Krakauer. His books are always so truth-filled and his research is very well documented. I read this in a day, and found it all very enlightening. I also HATED the book Three Cups of Tea, so that helped! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 7/31/2012

    " What I can find so far in the way of answers to questions raised in Krakauer's accusations are not strong enough to restore my faith in Greg Mortenson's story. I'm put off by what appears to be Mortenson's arrogance and self-absorption as contrasted to the image put forth of a selfless humanitarian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 9/28/2011

    " I am a huge fan of Greg Mortenson and his work, so although it is seemingly well researched and provides adequate documentation, this book just made me sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Meltzer | 8/17/2011

    " So incredible. I wish everyone who bought three cups of tea was given this as well. Speaks volumes about the responsibility of nonprofits who accept donations and the importance of donors understanding how their money will be spent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 7/16/2011

    " As always, Jon Krakauer is a wonderful author. This book is very enlightening and I am so glad I bought it before reading the other Mortenson book. I am just so sad that the feeling I had after reading Three Cups of Tea was not based on truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie Crawford | 6/3/2011

    " Very well documented expose of a unethical charity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie | 5/24/2011

    " I didn't want to read this one but I felt I needed to. I wish I didn't believe Krakauer but I do. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany | 5/23/2011

    " Super fascinating, especially after having read (and totally believed) 3 cups of tea. Jon Krakauer is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 5/20/2011

    " Wow. Greg Mortenson is a giant asshole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 5/18/2011

    " A very important expose on the fraud that is Greg Mortensen and his since discovered phony books "Three Cups of Tea" and "Stones Into Schools", as only Jon Krakauer can. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 5/17/2011

    " A shocking account of avarice, mendacity and narcissism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/16/2011

    " OMG SCATHING, and totally changed my thinking about Greg Mortenson. To the point where "Three Cups of Tea" has come right off my to-read shelf. Shameful, if true -- and Krakauer's not one to make unsubstantiated allegations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 5/15/2011

    " Very well documented expose of a unethical charity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 BMK | 5/14/2011

    " Excellent bit of journalism again from Mr Krakauer, systematically exposing what a scumbag Greg Mortenson is. A well researched, well written article that has also saved me from wasting my time reading 'Three Cups Of Tea' and 'Stones To Schools'. "

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About the Author
Author Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer is the preeminent writer of narrative nonfiction. His numerous bestsellers include Under the Banner of Heaven, Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air. He is editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.