One-Minute Book Reviews

May 6, 2011

Today’s Gusher Award for Literary Hype Goes to …

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Time magazine wins today’s Gusher Award for a brief review that named Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea one of the best books of 2006:

“ … Three Cups of Tea is an astonishing tale of compassion—and of a promise kept.”

No doubt those words sounded less ironic four years ago than they do in the wake of a 60 Minutes investigation that found that Mortenson misrepresented some of his efforts to build schools in Afghanistan. But even in 2006, that “astonishing” might have suggested that parts of the book were too good to be true and that Three Cups of Tea didn’t belong on a best-of-the-year list.

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