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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 inRwanda — 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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"HarperCollins touts the handsome, prematurely gray host of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360as the 'prototype for a twenty-first century newsman.' Sadly, that statement is all too true. This brief, self-involved narrative reaffirms a troubling cultural shift in news coverage: journalists used to cover the story; now, more than ever, they are the story. Cooper is an intrepid reporter: he's traveled to tsunami-ravaged Asia, famine-plagued Niger, war-torn Somalia and Iraq, and New Orleans post-Katrina. Here, however, the plights of the people and places he visits take a backseat to the fact that Cooper is, well, there. The Yale-educated son of heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt weaves personal tragedies (at 10, he lost his father to heart disease and later his older brother to suicide) awkwardly into far graver stories of suffering he's observing. Even when he plies the reader with his own unease ('the more sadness I saw, the more success I had') and obliquely decries TV news's demand for images of extreme misery ('merely sick won't warrant more than a cut-away shot'), he seems to place himself in front of his subjects. Cooper is an intelligent, passionate man and he may be a terrific journalist. But this book leaves one feeling he's little more than a television personality. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Hurricane Katrina has been widely described as the largest 'natural' disaster ever to strike this country. It was not, of course. However violent the storm's meteorology, the cataclysm it triggered in New Orleans was almost entirely man-made. If the dozens of government, academic and journalistic post-Katrina investigations haven't convinced you of that, these four books will. Hastily — often sloppily... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Cooper is Gloria Vanderbilt's son, and he has experienced his own personal tragedies....The most powerful parts of Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters and Survival deal with these two deaths and their impact on the future CNN anchorman." Wall Street Journal

Synopsis:

Over the last year, few people have witnessed more scenes of chaos and conflict than Cooper Anderson of CNN. He shares his own experiences of traversing the globe, covering the world's most astonishing stories.

About the Author

Anderson Cooper joined CNN in 2001 and has anchored his own program, Anderson Cooper 360°, since 2003. He had previously served as a correspondent for ABC News and was a foreign correspondent for Channel One News. Cooper has won several awards for his work, including an Emmy. He graduated from Yale University in 1989 and also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. He writes regularly for Details magazine.

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sahraya5, April 3, 2008 (view all comments by sahraya5)
It is a really really good work, but there are a lot of thoughts that I can't understand. is there any one I can discuss the book with?
By the way the book is my reading material for reading class in college.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061132384
Subtitle:
A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
Author:
Cooper, Anderson
Author:
Anderson, Cooper
Author:
by Anderson Cooper
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Television journalists
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Personal Memoirs
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Editors, Journalists, Publishers
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Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060523
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Hardback
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General/trade
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
224
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9.40x6.18x.89 in. .99 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780061132384 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "HarperCollins touts the handsome, prematurely gray host of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360as the 'prototype for a twenty-first century newsman.' Sadly, that statement is all too true. This brief, self-involved narrative reaffirms a troubling cultural shift in news coverage: journalists used to cover the story; now, more than ever, they are the story. Cooper is an intrepid reporter: he's traveled to tsunami-ravaged Asia, famine-plagued Niger, war-torn Somalia and Iraq, and New Orleans post-Katrina. Here, however, the plights of the people and places he visits take a backseat to the fact that Cooper is, well, there. The Yale-educated son of heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt weaves personal tragedies (at 10, he lost his father to heart disease and later his older brother to suicide) awkwardly into far graver stories of suffering he's observing. Even when he plies the reader with his own unease ('the more sadness I saw, the more success I had') and obliquely decries TV news's demand for images of extreme misery ('merely sick won't warrant more than a cut-away shot'), he seems to place himself in front of his subjects. Cooper is an intelligent, passionate man and he may be a terrific journalist. But this book leaves one feeling he's little more than a television personality. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Cooper is Gloria Vanderbilt's son, and he has experienced his own personal tragedies....The most powerful parts of Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters and Survival deal with these two deaths and their impact on the future CNN anchorman."
"Synopsis" by , Over the last year, few people have witnessed more scenes of chaos and conflict than Cooper Anderson of CNN. He shares his own experiences of traversing the globe, covering the world's most astonishing stories.
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