Kent Annan on the Greg Mortenson Controversy: “Three Cups of Truth”
April 18, 2011
“Three Cups of Truth” – Haiti Partners co-director Kent Annan just wrote a piece on Greg Mortenson and last night’s “60 Minutes” expose for Huffington Post. Here is how it starts:
I just watched the “60 Minutes” expose on Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea. It felt like a punch in the gut, even if it’s of the too familiar heroes-come-crashing-down variety.
It must have felt like a punch to many. None of us like to give our hard-earned pennies or dollars or peace prize money to someone who betrays our confidence.
I felt it in my gut, too, because Mortenson and I have a lot in common. We’ve both published two memoirs about our experiences and work for education in the developing world, he in Afghanistan and I in Haiti. We both travel to speak about our work — albeit he on a much grander, best-selling-er scale than I. Once I stood for half an hour in a book line to talk with him for two minutes and he seemed touchingly humble and friendly…
Very well said Kent and so very disheartening if this ends up being true.
Please keep up all of your great work there at Haiti Partners.