Monday, April 18, 2011

Author of Three Cups of Tea, fabricated his memoir?

Read this on themalaysianinsider.com, and started googling. These are what I found:
1) The author's charity organization has taken credit for schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan that don't exist.
2) The porters who accompanied him say he was never lost, and went back to the village a year after his first trip.
3) Mortenson also claims to have been kidnapped by the Taliban, but all the men in a photo from the supposed kidnapping are not actually Taliban, and say they never harmed Mortenson.
4) One of the men, according to CBS, is the director of an influential think tank whose scholarly essays have been published in the U.S.

Mortenson's side of the story: 'I stand by the information conveyed in my book, and by the value of CAI's work in empowering local communities to build and operate schools that have educated more than 60,000 students.'

Mortenson said the account of his experiences in Korphe 'was a compressed version of events' that took place in 1993 and that local people's different concept of time could explain the misunderstanding.

Mortenson insisted that he was held against his will in Waziristan in 1996, though shifting tribal loyalties may explain the conflicting version of events.

He also maintained that the fraud allegations were fabricated by a disgruntled former manager, and that some of the money raised by CAI had been used to build an endowment rather than channeled directly into school construction.

'I hope these allegations and attacks, the people doing these things, know this could be devastating for tens of thousands of girls, for the sake of Nielsen ratings and Emmys,' Mortenson said. (Got this here)

Watch a very interesting video by 60 minutes here and an even more interesting one, (where the author was caught off guard) here.

Who's telling the truth? Does the truth matter if his story has inspired many to contribute to the society?

4 comments:

sintaicharles said...

Haven't read the book. Have just included it on my must-read list.

You are right. So long as the story inspires, who cares the truth.

A Bookaholic said...

Although the cover caught my attention, dunno why I nvr bothered to even pick up the book...What book ru reading at the moment?

sintaicharles said...

Oh, I am Jeffery Eugenides' Middlesex at the moment. I bought it on the spur of the moment because it was only sold at RM16.90 during a special offer. It is a story about a Greek hermaphrodite who is torn between her double identity as a male and a female.

Usually this type of stories is not my cup of tea but in order to be an omnivorous reader, I have to read books of any genres(hehe). In the past I only read romance and adventure novels.

A Bookaholic said...

omg omg omg!! it's one of my fav reads of all time!!! i llooooovvveee it oh so much!! i'm sure u'd enjoy it too :) it's reeeeallly good!

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