CBS Investigation Alleges Greg Mortenson’s “Three Cups of Tea” is a Sham

Greg Mortenson reads to Pakistani schoolgirls. Photo courtesy of

Greg Mortenson reads to Pakistani schoolgirls. Photo courtesy of

“Three Cups of Tea,” the bestseller written by Greg Mortenson, allegedly contains fabricated details and even whole story lines, according to this report by CBS. The article asserts that multiple sources corroborated the factual discrepancies in the book, which range from when and how Mortenson arrived in the Pakistani town of Korphe after making his way down from his failed attempt to scale K2 to the identities of his supposed Taliban kidnappers from 1996.

CBS located these accused captors, who are identified in Mortenson’s second book, “Stones Into Schools,” and found that they neither held him hostage nor were affiliated with the Taliban. The report also questions Mortenson’s financial dealings with the Central Asia Institute, a charity organization dedicated to building schools for poor children in Pakistan, of which Mortenson is president.

The full CBS investigation will air on Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on “60 Minutes.”

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