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April 19th, 2011
12:21 AM ET

KTH: Is 'Three Cups of Tea' fact or fiction?

Editor's note: CNN's Soledad O'Brien reports on the controversy surrounding a popular book by Greg Mortenson.

Related: 'Three Cups of Tea' author threatened with lawsuit for defamation


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  1. teresa, ohio

    I think he figures that the events happened so long ago, no will remember him enough to call him on anything.

    If a FACTUAL book seems too good to be true–it is.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
  2. Lisa in Louisville

    Seems like Krakauer knows a little about making a story sound good..."Three Cups of Tea" was published in 2006, why the "expose" now? Just questions rolling around in my head.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has objected to his work Under the Banner of Heaven declaring "This book is not history, and Krakauer is no historian. He is a storyteller who cuts corners to make the story sound good. His basic thesis appears to be that people who are religious are irrational, and that irrational people do strange things." The LDS Church provided Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and Christian Science Monitor reviews of the book that described it as "misleading" or worse. In response, Krakauer criticized the LDS Church, citing the opinion of historian D. Michael Quinn, an ex-communicated member of the church, who wrote, "The tragic reality is that there have been occasions when Church leaders, teachers, and writers have not told the truth they knew about difficulties of the Mormon past, but have offered to the Saints instead a mixture of platitudes, half-truths, omissions, and plausible denials." Krakauer wrote, "I happen to share Dr. Quinn's perspective."

    April 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm |