'Three Cups of Tea' Author Under Fire

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Following a CBS "60 Minutes" report that found factual errors in the best-selling book, "Three Cups of Tea," author Greg Mortenson and his charitable work in Afghanistan and Pakistan have come under fire. In the book, Mortenson writes about stumbling into a tiny village in northeastern Pakistan and coming across a group of schoolchildren doing their lessons with sticks and dirt. It was then, he writes, that he discovered his passion to build schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But "60 Minutes'" producers found factual errors in the book and suggest that Mortenson's charity may be spending money poorly and exaggerating their accomplishments. Mortenson is denying the allegations.

We talk with Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor of Essence magazine, about the history of partially fabricated memoirs.


Patrik Henry Bass

Produced by:

Posey Gruener and Arwa Gunja

Comments [2]

@ Dr. Purdy, for more context, please listen to this segment.

The BBC reports on some who were positively affected by Mortenson's work.

Apr. 21 2011 06:24 AM
Dr. Richard Purdy from Cincinnati

You ought to be ashamed of yourselves for panning someone like Greg Mortenson for inaccuracy. If he only did a half of what he claims, and all of you together do a tenth of that, the world would be much better off. You need to focus on people who really deserve your criticism. I can think, for example, of several republican members of congress who bear scrutiny for mendacity.

Apr. 19 2011 04:30 PM

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