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Greg Mortenson

Disgraced 'Three Cups Of Tea' Author To Retire From Charity He Founded

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, who has spent four years weathering accusations that his best-selling book contained...

Mary Karr's Truth

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Mary is advocating that writers not be chained to exactitudes. But in giving this kind of permission, she is opening the door to a small battleground where absolutists are going to have a field day with her. For black-and-white thinkers there is truth or not truth.

Memoir Bashing: An Examination of an Emotionally Complex Social Phenomenon

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Is it just a bad book, worthy of your disdain, or does it maybe trigger in you something you're just not ready to face? And yes, please support women memoirists. We need each other!It's not uncommon to hear agents at conferences shutting down bright-eyed aspiring authors with a simple, "I don't represent memoir."

We're All Liars: Creative Storytelling Is the Nonprofit Sector's Drug of Choice

Pippa Biddle | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

Just as professional athletes take steroids, it seems as if embellishing or even fabricating stories has become the stimulant of choice for nonprofit leaders looking to gain a competitive edge.

Where Will the Leadership Come From?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Anyone who knows Pakistan knows that it's simplistic to chant (like the sheep in Animal Farm), "Civilians good, military ba-a-a-ad." But it's also true that a military takeover is not only far from out of the question, but likely only to make things worse. So where can we look for leadership?

Three Cups Of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We're obsessed in today's world with facts. Every syllable uttered by people in positions of power is put under a microscope, and we, the general public, love nothing more than to have subterfuge reveal in the media spotlight.

Effecting Change Starts With the Community

Noah Marwil | Posted 01.02.2012 | Impact
Noah Marwil

One idea that development agencies tend to rely on is that there is this thing out there called a community, where people behave in a "communal" way of sharing and organizing, implicit within their societal structure.

Greg Mortenson Rejects $100,000 Award From University of Louisville

chron.com | Posted 11.19.2011 | College

"Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson has turned down a $100,000 award by the University of Louisville. Mortenson, in a statement Friday by the...

Three Cups of Truth?

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.12.2011 | Books
Terence Clarke

There is lucre in writing a book like Three Cups of Tea or in making TV dramas and films that assert they are true, but in fact are being made to titillate the public's wish for celebrity gossip.

Andrea Stone

Exclusive: Charity Watchdog Calls For 'Three Cups Of Tea' Author Greg Mortenson's Resignation

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact

The watchdog group that first warned that the bestselling author of "Three Cups of Tea" was more interested in selling books than building schools in ...

Three Cups Of Tea Author Greg Mortenson Faces Another Lawsuit

The Daily Beast | Posted 08.13.2011 | Books

Greg Mortenson is facing another lawsuit filed over his bestselling memoir, Three Cups of Tea....

Controversial Three Cups Author Greg Mortenson Recovering From Heart Surgery

Reuters | Emilie Ritter | Posted 08.10.2011 | Books

"Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, who is under fire over allegations he fabricated much of his story, is recovering from open heart surgery, ...

Fabrication, Exaggeration and Sensationalization in Writings About Afghanistan

Bashir Ahmad Gwakh | Posted 07.09.2011 | Media
Bashir Ahmad Gwakh

Too many Western writers try to portray themselves as selfless, Mother Theresa-like figures who venture to an exotic and dangerous country to single-handedly save the natives.

Determining The Destination Of Charitable Donations

Posted 07.07.2011 | Impact

After Greg Mortenson's "three cups" of financial disaster, donors the world over are looking for ways to find the destination of their donations. ...

5 More Myths About International Aid

Tom Murphy | Posted 07.06.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

John Norris of the Center for American Progress writes the five myths about foreign aid in the Washington Post. I would like to add a few more with brief explanations as to why I have included them.

Can Memoir Be Trusted?

Michael Levy | Posted 06.29.2011 | Books
Michael Levy

Memoir, as its Latin root indicates, is a selection of subjective, often partially forgotten, memories. Readers do not expect memoirists to be journalists. What matters is trust.

Three Cups of a Flawed Hero: The Limits of Greg Mortenson's Model of Change

Paul Loeb | Posted 06.27.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Three Cups still presents an infinitely more hopeful message than that of detached cynicism. But the story can easily buttress the myth that those who make change have to be almost superhuman.

Three Cups of Humble Pie

Marianne Elliott | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Marianne Elliott

If we leverage our story to encourage our readers to donate money, then we bear an even heavier responsibility not to mislead them in any way. Greg Mortenson appears to have taken this too lightly.

Three Cups of Bitter Tea

Ken Wong | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Ken Wong

Small nonprofits can easily go under if funding becomes scarce. And it's hard enough in good times to fundraise. In order for any nonprofit to get your donations, we must gain your trust.

Condemning Greg Mortenson and a Thousand Little Girls

Conor Grennan | Posted 06.20.2011 | Impact
Conor Grennan

Say what you will about Greg Mortenson, about your concerns with Three Cups of Tea and Central Asia Initiative. I have seen education save lives, and Mr. Mortenson has saved thousands.

Why Three Cups of Tea Won't Save Afghanistan

Rachel Newcomb | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Rachel Newcomb

While we find ourselves getting riled up over literary half-truths, the budget to foreign aid -- particularly of the type that might contribute to a deeper understanding of places like Afghanistan -- is under threat.

Truth vs. Embellishment

William Dietrich | Posted 06.20.2011 | Books
William Dietrich

Here's an idea: let's make memoirs true and put the made-up stuff in fiction. Ain't gonna happen. Too much money in lying. And literary bigwigs think it's sorta okay.

7 Authors (Other Than Greg Mortenson) Who Were Charged With Deceit

msn.com | Patrick Huguenin | Posted 06.20.2011 | Books

Until Sunday night, Greg Mortenson was an unscathed hero. His charity, the Central Asia Institute, had built schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He w...

Four Shots of Vodka

Lionel Beehner | Posted 06.20.2011 | Comedy
Lionel Beehner

The fall of 1991 I came down from the Urals, exhausted but also exhilarated from the alpine hike. I walked into a Russian village at the foothills. Upon seeing my visage, the villagers declared I was extremely ill.

Greg Mortenson Blames Co-Author For Inaccuracies In 'Three Cups Of Tea'

outsideonline.com | Posted 06.19.2011 | Books

In an exclusive series of interviews with editorial director Alex Heard, Mortenson admitted to making mistakes both as a writer and nonprofit manager,...