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Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival

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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.

Synopsis:

The correspondent and anchor for CNN recounts events from his life and career, offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most devastating modern tragedies and their effect on his own life. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Tsunami : washed away — Iraq : inkblots of blood — Niger : night sweats — Katrina : facing the storm — Aftermath — Epilogue — Afterword.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061743351
Subtitle:
A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Author:
Cooper, Anderson
Author:
Anderson, Cooper
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Television journalists - United States
Subject:
Cooper, Anderson.
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Military
Subject:
Journalism - General
Subject:
Journalism-Journalists
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070508
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
222

Related Subjects

Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » General
Biography » Military
History and Social Science » Journalism » Reference
History and Social Science » Social Science » Disasters and Disaster Relief

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