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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Oh boy, when you write a nonfiction account you better tell the truth

Bestselling author Greg Mortenson assailed from all sides
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a TimeSFGate quotes Caryn Rousseau of AP, who reports that the class-action lawsuit against Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson now includes a voice from Illinois.

Ex-teacher Deborah Netter of Lake County, Illinois, filed suit in a federal court against Mortenson, his co-author, and his publisher, seeking damages and class action status.

Like a similar lawsuit in Montana, she cites media reports from "60 Minutes" and highly respected author Jon Krakauer, alleging that Mortenson told lies.

In the book, Mortenson claims that in 1993, while mountain climbing in rural Pakistan, he got lost.  Confused and disorientated, he stumbled upon the village of Korphe, where the citizens helped him get better, and where he promised to build a school.

Published in 2006, the book sold over 3,000,000 copies to an apparently gullible public.

Deborah Netter wants compensation for being fooled.  In legalese, she wants recompense "for herself and all other individuals or entities, who purchased Three Cups of Tea, and did not get what they paid for, but instead, were wrongly induced by each of the defendants to buy a phony and fictional story as opposed to the truth."

Oh my, tell that to the politicians.

Mortenson has admitted that some of the events were condensed in time.  Penguin, the publishers, have refused to comment.


Rick Spilman said...

Back in 2006 folks were lining up to sue James Frey. Some even wanted to be compensated for the times they spent reading the book.

A Million Little Lawsuits Over Frey Book?

The year before a Tennessee banker filed a class action suit seeking damages "on behalf of all Americans" who had been traumatized by a brief glimpse at Janet's Jackson's right breast.

The Frey cases were settled out of court and the Jackson boob case was dropped.

Joan Druett said...

That is SO strange. Don't these people have better things to do? On our last cruise a lawyer gathered a group of other passengers to sue the company because one of the engines broke down. None of them had read the small print, evidently. Has anyone ever tried to sue God for weather damage?