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…