Hi everyone.

The semester is almost over! I’m sure we’re all excited. I have news about a book some of us might have read (and if you have not read it, then perhaps you will recognize the title). The book Three Cups of Tea is under scrutiny because of questions about its accuracy. The non-fiction book talks about Mr. Gary Mortenson’s tale of building schools for young girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan after he was saved by people from a small village. Was everything stated in the memoir true? How much of the truth was exaggerated? A CBS news report questions the authenticity of this book because of things like the  dates not correlating. Moreover in an interview, the author added a disclaimer. He claimed the example CBS drew upon was compressed to fit all the events that occurred within a years time frame. The company which published “Three Cups of Tea” did not have a comment on the matter.

Some of you might be wondering: “What about the sequel? Is it accurate?” I’m not sure. We will have to wait and see if another report will come out on that book. “Three Cups of Tea” raises questions about the publishing company and about the regulations for memoirs. Are they well regulated? Should the regulations be stronger? What do you think?

To read the full article regarding this book follow the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/18/business/media/18mortenson.html?_r=1&ref=books

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