I have not delved deeply into the controversy surrounding Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea, founder of the Central Asia Institute, and school-builder extraordinaire in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Here is the 60 Minutes piece describing the alleged fabrications/exaggerations of events in Mortenson's books and allegations of financial mismanagement. Here are Mortenson's responses (#1 and #2) to questions raised by the show.
You can also find responses and statements from Mortenson on the CAI's WWW site.
Troubling accusations; it does look like Mortenson stretched the truth when it came to anecdotes. And the CAI doesn't benefit directly from his book sales and speaking fees, although it appears that his travel expenses are paid by the CAI.
In New West, Dennis Higman wote this compelling piece in defense of Mortenson, "The Greg Mortenson We Knew". Interesting that Higman used the past tense of the verb in the title. Be sure to read the comments on the article; today's quote is from one of the commenters.
"I support the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's on global health, NOT Bill and Melinda Gates. I support Pennies for Peace, not Greg Mortenson." -- Max