Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Three Cups of Tea
Stories like this one make me sad. I had never heard of Greg Mortensen or his book "Three Cups of Tea" until just last week. My company held its annual conference in Las Vegas last week and Mortenson gave the keynote speech. From what I understand, Mortenson builds schools and supports education in Central Asia, primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The author and his books have become a worldwide sensation. However, it appears that Mortenson is pulling a Peterman (Seinfeld reference) and that the stories of his life, not to mention his philanthropic efforts, are primarily fabricated. The story below ran on 60 Minutes last Sunday. Though Mortenson refutes the claims, it appears that he has used the facade of philanthropy to bankroll an extravagant lifestyle. "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil..."