Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir Of War, Disasters, And Survival

Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir Of War, Disasters, And Survival (Hardbound)

By Anderson Cooper 
Publisher: HarperCollins
Edition: Hardbound
Language: English
ISBN: 0061132381
EAN: 9780061132384
No. of Pages: 224
Publish Date: 2006
Binding: Hardbound
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Few people have witnessed more scenes of chaos and conflict around the world than Anderson Cooper, whose groundbreaking coverage on CNN has changed the way we watch the news. In this gripping, candid, and remarkably powerful memoir, he offers an unstinting, up-close view of the most harrowing crises of our time, and the profound impact they have had on his life. After growing up on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Cooper felt a magnetic pull toward the unknown, an attraction to the far corners of the earth. If he could keep moving, and keep exploring, he felt he could stay one step ahead of his past, including the fame surrounding his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, and the tragic early deaths of his father and older brother. As a reporter, the frenetic pace of filing dispatches from war-torn countries, and the danger that came with it, helped him avoid having to look too closely at the pain and loss that was right in front of him. But recently, during the course of one extraordinary, tumultuous year, it became impossible for him to continue to separate his work from his life, his family's troubled history from the suffering people he met all over the world. From the tsunami in Sri Lanka to the war in Iraq to the starvation in Niger and ultimately to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Mississippi, Cooper gives us a firsthand glimpse of the devastation that takes place, both physically and emotionally, when the normal order of things is violently ruptured on such a massive scale. Cooper had been in his share of life-threatening situations before -- ducking fire on the streets of war-torn Sarejevo, traveling on his own to famine-stricken Somalia, witnessing firsthand the genocide in Rwanda -- but he had never seen human misery quite like this. Writing with vivid memories of his childhood and early career as a roving correspondent, Cooper reveals for the first time how deeply affected he has been by the wars, disasters, and tragedies he has witnessed, and why he continues to be drawn to some of the most perilous places on earth. Striking, heartfelt, and utterly engrossing, Dispatches from the Edge is an unforgettable memoir that takes us behind the scenes of the cataclysmic events of our age and allows us to see them through the eyes of one of America's most trusted, fearless, and pioneering reporters.
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Title: Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir Of War, Disasters, And Survival
Publisher: HarperCollins
Author: Anderson Cooper
Edition: Hardbound
Language: English
ISBN: 0061132381
EAN: 9780061132384
No. of Pages: 224
Publish Date: 2006
Binding: Hardbound

Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir Of War, Disasters, And Survival Review

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Dispatches from the Edge- A gripping read! Rating of 4 out of 5 Rating of 4 out of 5 Rating of 4 out of 5 Rating of 4 out of 5 Rating of 4 out of 5
By Sumeet, 2009-10-21 09:55:46.0

Touted as a prototype for a twenty first century newsman, Anderson Cooper is undeniably one of the writers who sure deserve the applauses. In the year 2004-2005 two natural calamities- Asian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina helped him metamorphose into a media icon. This book is the writer's memoir and is every bit interesting for anyone who wishes to learn more about the anchor. He narrates about the tragic events that ensue during the Indian Ocean tsunami and hurricane Katrina. The author claims to have a close connection with tragedy and death, having seen two close deaths in the family. He believes that personal tragedies have a major role to play in his opting for war and calamity coverage. The book mentions nothing about his personal life but the fact that he has seen more chaos and conflict than a lot of other people is no hidden secret. Be it the tsunami in Sri Lanka to the war in Iraq or the famine in Niger and the catastrophic hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Mississippi; the content provides the reader a first hand glimpse of the devastation. It not only covers the physical destruction but also the mental turmoil that one is exposed to, in times of crisis. All this and more is very well presented in the memoir. The least interesting part of the book is apparently about his move to CNN. It may seem ironical as many of us identify with this author who is also a very well known anchor who strives to make news so believable. The book is a must read, more so if you have loved the anchor on CNN and even if you have not but would like to get an unbiased and 'in the face' preview about the devastating calamities. I have found this to be a very useful book and look forward to reading his articles as well.

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