After telling his life story, Greg Mortenson sold millions of books and raised tens of millions of dollars for his charity.
After “60 Minutes” aired on Sunday night, some observers may find the whole thing too good to be true.
“It’s a beautiful story, and it’s a lie,” Jon Krakauer told CBS’ Steve Kroft. Krakauer, an author and adventurer like Mortenson, originally backed the education nonprofit, Central Asia Institute, with $75,000 of his own money before withdrawing his support. He wasn’t the only one to find fault with Mortenson’s claims, which include being nursed back to health in the Pakistani town of Korphe after failing to summit K2 (the second tallest mountain on Earth) and being kidnapped for eight days by the Taliban.