Dispatches from the Edge

by Anderson Cooper

HarperCollins | October 13, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Dispatches from the Edge is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 57.

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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Published: October 13, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

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ISBN - 13: 9780061743351

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written This is a very well written and interesting read. He combines memories from his childhood with those in the field. Thoughts from someone who was personally there, and the horrible sights seen were very informative and thought provoking.  I look forward to (hopefully) his next book.
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book Filled with Suffering and Tragedy, Anderson Cooper has done a masterful job in tying together his own personal tragedy of losing both his father and brother at a young age, but also his experiences covering tragedies around the world. What I admire most about Mr. Cooper is his desire to put his own life at risk, and be a first rate reporter while helping people in some small way when his personal wealth would make it possible for him to live a life of ease. This is a book filled with tragedies, most notably hurricane Katrina in August of 2005, but also the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the starvation in Africa, and the war in Sarajevo. Anderson Cooper is a credit to himself and to CNN.
Date published: 2010-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Wow, I absolutely loved Anderson Cooper's memoir. Cooper weaves together stories from his childhood with the major events of his journalistic career (mainly the tsunami, Katrina and the war on terror) and reflects on how the past has influenced how he experiences the present. It is obvious that Cooper has a passion for what he does and it makes reading his memoir very enjoyable. Very well done!
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignantly Candid! Anderson Cooper, a newsman of immense probity and insight, shares his tremendous experiences with a concise sincerity that cuts through all the fluff we are regularly subjected to. In a time when society has become so desensitized to human suffering and tragedy, Anderson Cooper's perspicacity is not only refreshing but necessary. He shares with us his own personal suffering and how it has shaped the man he is today. How in dealing with his own heartache he is compelled to help humanity by reporting on theirs with a sympathetic sagacity that is increasingly rare. "Dispatches from the Edge" is as moving and heart-wrenching as it is stark and articulate. The intensity of the author's experiences comes through with clarity and his innate gift for journalism brings the impartial truth home in a book that is as troubling to read as it is difficult to put down. I applaud his personal courage in sharing so much of his private self and I am grateful for his earnest and necessary journalistic endeavours that continually impress and inform with their relevance.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival One of the best books I have ever read giving a real life account of his life, Katrina and the Tsunami. With great insight and his intrigue shows the charector of one of the best journalists in the World.
Date published: 2007-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival One of the best books I have ever read giving a real life account of his life, Katrina and the Tsunami. With great insight and his intrigue shows the charector of one of the best journalists in the World.
Date published: 2007-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Makes you thankful for what we have and can do wit Excellent book, will make you think about how the world can be and never notice it. The bearing of human suffering once again shows us how fragile our lives can be. This book will make you look at your life and be thankful. Anderson Cooper has opened many doors in this book to places the average person wouldn't walk through." Excellent read".
Date published: 2007-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We need more books like this one Thank you Anderson, maybe more people will see that even thoughts that have been hidden in our heads for 15 years can be put into a book that REALLY works. Great read, great book - everyone I know will be getting this book!
Date published: 2007-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fabulous Read! He tells the story in the same way he does his reporting. He can ask the hard hitting questions, but still feels the pain and suffering of the story subjects. The personal elements in the book give a glimpse into how his own family has shaped him into the person he is today. I could not put the book down. Now my girlfriend is finding out the same thing. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2006-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read This book is a short easy read. Anderson has not yet developed into the top rate storyteller and writer that his father was, but it was a good first effort. If you have watched watched any of his appearances on talk shows or read his Details articles there is nothing new here. Its really just a collection of his key talking points.
Date published: 2006-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The News behind the News I enjoyed the book, Anderson's description is concise and personal... You feel like you're Anderson Cooper for a brief moment as he guides you through Africa, Sri Lanka, U.S., etc... At points in the book, you become desensitized by the human suffering... Sometimes you need to be extra focused since he jumps back and forth in time and place... Overall a good read.
Date published: 2006-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Uplifting, uncensored, and AMAZING. This book digs deep into the inner emotions of humans. Cooper allows his cuts and scars to be hashed open to allow the reader to share the experience and emotion from some of the world barest and most real moments. The devastation, horror, and supreme kindness that Cooper describes at times seems unreal and fantastic, but each and every word of this book is factual and true. An amazingly well written memoir that gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at the life of foreign correspondant, showing the other 95% of situation that cannot be captured on camera. Cooper shares his own personal family experiences and relates them to world tragedies from the past twenty years, starting with Burma, and paving his path through Sarajevo, Rwanda, Iraq, and New Orleans. With so much devastation it is hard to believe this book could be so uplifting, but it is. It is a book of motion, when things get rough all you can do is keep moving, keep going, keep surviving. This is how Anderson Cooper survived the tricky game called Life.
Date published: 2006-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from exceptional I usually take 2 to 3 months to read a book. I read it in 2 days as I could not put it down. A very interesting look into both the events and the author. I have a new repect for the man.
Date published: 2006-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting read Being a fan of Anderson Cooper's work on CNN, I just had to read this book. It is an interesting insight into the man behind the news reports. This book left me wanting to read more about the places he has been and his adventures as he chased down stories.
Date published: 2006-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest Being over seas and seeing proverty and destruction firsthand, and then coming home to no one caring. Events become old news, and lives become forgotten. I am glad that someone has tried to put that feeling into a book. He has tried to explain to the person who views it all on TV what it really feels like and how that feeling effects a person.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really makes you think... This is one excellent memoir about goes on in the world!.. It shows us that even all the stuff thats hapening on the news about all the pour countrys and how people die and how the governement isn't always on the ball can happen to us!.. it's scary :| ...
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Digs deep down "... there was a crystal core, a diamond nothing that nothing could get at or scratch..." That was an excert from this book. But after reading, I feel that this book did touch me deep down there. Through his writing, Mr. Cooper has dug deep into the roots of his mind to the place where he had been trying desperately to barricade. I'm sure we all think we know the hardships that reporters face day in and day out trying to get a story out to the world, but what about the things inside? This book deals with the way that Anderson Cooper sees the world, and how it changed his.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from At once thought-provoking and informative Anderson Cooper takes us to a variety of places around the world and then tells us about the insights he gains about the events happening there and in his own life. The questions Cooper poses about why these events occur and his role in telling the story are a fantastic window into the world of journalists and the dilemnas they face. I was expecting, as the teaser suggests, that Anderson Cooper had reached an epiphany of sorts through his world travel and exposure to disasters and conflict. I was a little dissapponted that this is not present in the book but it did not put me off at all. I'll be interested in what comes next from this talented yet tortured man.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Eyeopener! We always see celebrities as lucky people, who have it all! Anderson could easily have been seen that way by a lot of people, especially with his background. It is however, quite surprising to see how this person has struggled with his own sufferings and has found his own way of coping. Anderson has described the worst in life, the way he sees it. From war to poverty to hurricanes, he has captures the essence of human suffering in this moving memoir. He does flit from the past to the present a lot, and this sometimes is difficult to keep up with. An eyeopener which does leave one with a sense of despair at the end, knowing whatever is being done is not enough for the victims of these disasters.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Astonishing I had absolutely no idea how far I would be transported when I picked up this book! It was phenomenally written. The way the story went from his experiences with is work and his travels, to his personal experiences with his family fit perfectly. As I read the story, I felt as if I was at that exact moment in time, experiencing what was happening; what Anderson was seeing. But at the same time, I could remember where I was and what I was doing. A very compelling story. A must read!
Date published: 2006-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from moving What a fasinating story of one man's struggle to find his place in the world. The news stories that he covers are some of the biggest of our time and yet it's the personal story that grips you.
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! This book was so great! If you are thinking about reading it ....just get it! Trust me you will not be able to put it down!
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I've been a fan of Mr. Cooper's for years. To me, his manner of broadcasting touches those who watch. He doesn't speak down to his veiwers but to them. In a world full of cynical, jaded personalities that try to force news upon us, Anderson is a breath of fresh air. His book Distpatches from the Edge shook me to my jaded cynical core. It is written in real life, there are no fancy words, no artificial thoughts...just his blood and feelings on the page for us to share in. I have told numerous people about this book, raving about the fact that they needed to read it and they agreed. The world needs more reporters like Anderson Cooper to share the real life stories that are often glossed over in primetime media. Thank you Anderson Cooper, may your success continue as does your dedication to yourself.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This is probably one of the most amaxing books i have ever read. It was inspiring and i respect the fact that he didnt whine about his life and talk about how dificult it was but instead talked about what he did to live his life to the fullest. I would suggest this book to anyone.
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is amazing, couldnt put it down...GET THIS BOOK!!
Date published: 2006-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest I love the honesty of this book. He could spew out some garbage and throw around how important he thinks he is but all I read was based in humility, honesty and even some disgust at what we, as a society, have become. I also enjoyed how frank he is about his hunger for news, his inability to express emotion and what keeps him motivated. I thought the writing style was effective at keeping my attention and I loved how it was all broken into mini-sections - it really tied in all he wanted to say beautifully. He did manage to avoid topics pertaining to his love life and his unfortunate turn as the host of that horrible show "the Mole." I do wish this book had been longer.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Searching for Me I was amazed at the honesty that Anderson Cooper put into this book. A tell it like it is book, that kept your attention on the almost unreal tragic world events and the tangible tragic connection of his own real life story. It was intrigueing that he made such a connection that brought him back to a place where he allowed himself to feel again. The experience of seeing others go through what they did in hurricane Katrina and the genocide in Rwanda seemed to make such an impact that unlocked emotions in his life again. I really desired to read this book and I was not disappointed. The levy in his life was broken through with the waves of emotion.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adventures of anderson cooper this book tells it all about the risks and ventures anderson cooper takes to always be the first international journalist to enter into troubled lands e.g.tsunami,darfur,new orleans etc.this made him a celebrated journalist in a short time and he became a household name.
Date published: 2006-07-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Richie Rich in Real Life I admit reading this book in one day. It was hot outside and I felt lazy. So, Anderson went to Yale, as did George Bush. Does that qualify them to converse with the people.? Like ghouls and vultures, CNN crews exploit tragedy and its suffering victims. At least Bono and Geldof raise funds for the developing world. When you buy this book, do you make Richie Rich richer? ( I borrowed it from a friend, and spent the savings on Chapters' other great deals)
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a must read I must say this is the best book I have ever read.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Soul bearing and endearing This book offers many interesting and brief glimpses into the life of Anderson Cooper and his experiences as a reporter. As he talks about the loneliness and emptiness that surrounds him after the death of his father and brother you begin to understand how reporting is a way for him to reach out and feel something again. It makes for a very endearing read and I only wish that the book was twice as long.
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real heart melter I have recently been reading Anderson Cooper’s “Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir Of War, Disasters, And Survival,” and I cannot get enough of it. Every time I have a spare moment I am glued to the pages, constantly waiting to turn the next page. Earlier this year I went to Peru with my school, Brock University, on a solidarity experience. We worked in the shanty towns for two and a half weeks doing a variety of things such as painting schools, teaching children how to brush their teeth, helping in hospitals and maternity wards etc. As I read Anderson’s book I can’t help but realize that him and I felt the same feelings. The feelings of wanting to do more to help but you cannot, feeling disgusted with yourself at how you used to live and how you used to take everything for granted and especially how you have no idea what it is really like until you are there yourself. It was hard coming back from Peru and readjusting to life here again while all of my friends and family have no idea the things I saw or experienced. I also found it hard that there is so much we can do to help in Peru but yet here we are, back in North America, driving out SUV’s and eating our faces silly. When Anderson talked about the Tsunami 04’ and how he had to come and do a special on New Years Eve and how he could not get over how everyone here was so happy about ringing in the new year but on the other side of the world there was so much to do to help and he could not wait to get back there. I, again, felt the same way when I got back from Peru. This book is excellent if you have done any solidarity work because it is a nice feeling to be able to read the feelings you cannot get over yourself, and know that someone else out there was feeling the same way. If you have not done any solidarity work this book will make you want to rush out and volunteer somewhere, anywhere, just so you can help. Overall, this book deserves, at least, 10 stars. It truly is a heart melter.
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you on the Edge In Anderson Coopers first foray into the world of Non-Fiction writing he leaves nothing behind. What you see is what you get. The boy from the famous Vanderbelt family of New York is nothing if not unapologetic for everything he has seen and experienced in his 38 years on this planet. He has been to the edge of the earth and back. In this harrowing memoir he spills about his mother, his father's death and the unxpected suicide of his brother from the family's New York Penthouse. There is no stone left unturned in the literary journey. The CNN master correspondant who now hosts one of the top rated news shows on televsion Anderson Cooper 360 has written one book that should be on everyone's must read list.
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Completely Mesmerizing" Anderson's story is a must for all ages. The emotion that comes through belies the outlook of a reporter on the front of headline news today. He is truly a new breed and hopefully an example to the younger generation of news broadcasters and writers.
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling! Those who remember Anderson Cooper's brief stint as host of The Mole can be forgiven for writing him off as a flyweight. But after reading Dispatches from the Edge, I can say this is the best memoir by a journalist in recent memory. And it confirms his status as a serious reporter of record. By contrasting his personal tragedies-- a brother's suicide and the early death of his father--with the suffrage caused by Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami, Cooper deftly exposes the human condition. We also learn a lot about human experience--both good and bad. This is truly a story worthy of your time.
Date published: 2006-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good content I liked this book for his experiences as a reporter. It showed how bad things were/are in some places in the world. It also showed Katrina to be worse than I had realized. I felt bored with some parts of the book when he spoke of his childhood and his brother, as these seemed to be repeated multiple times. Overall, I would recommend this book for what you can learn from it.
Date published: 2006-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read A must read book. Captivating, gripping. I cound not put the book down.
Date published: 2006-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the new face of journalism Anderson Cooper is a real rarity in cable news. He's not afraid to be honest and forthright. His memior was touching, thought provoking, and it really made me think about all the moments I have ever been called to sacrifice, whether it be my time, finances, emotions, or whatever it might be, for someone else. We are all so interconnected and Anderson showed that in his memior. It's also great to know that even in the most devilish of circumstances, there are miracles!
Date published: 2006-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeleivable!!! Yesterday I bought the book "Dispatches From the Edge" by Anderson Cooper and have read a good chunk of it already. It is a book that is so well written that you just don't want to put it down because you feel like you are in the book. I am 16 years old and most 16 year olds wouldn't read a book like this, but I am very interested in the news that goes on around us. I think it is great that news events and stories are put into a great book by a journalist. Anderson Cooper also writes about his life in this book, writing about the death of his father and his brother committing suicide. He also writes about his mother Gloria Vanderbilt. People who are interested in the news events that go on around us and who have watched Anderson Cooper 360 would love to read this book. This book is a great read and once you pick it up you won't want to sit it back down.
Date published: 2006-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking! This book reminds us that disaster can strike us at anywhere, anytime, either personal or through a force of nature, war etc.. It also reminds us that we cannot sit back and rely on governments and others necessarily to do things for us and get through these crises. Sometimes (possibly at great risk) if we can, we have to rely on ourselves at least to some extent, to get through them, and also have the compassion and will to help our neighbours. It would be nice to rely on the government if/when another crisis occurs, but if the local, and federal governments are not prepared, or organised, one should have a back up plan whenever possible to avoid or reduce being left behind like Anderson observes in his book. Nobody says 'panic', but at least drop your cell phone for five minutes and heed the warnings, be it hurricane, bird flu etc..Sometimes you can't control it, such as war, but if there's a way to survive, or if you have a loved one whom you haven't talked with in a while, don't wait for something or someone else to help you, at least try to help yourself. I believe people can be amazing and courageous in such terrible times especially after reading this book .
Date published: 2006-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing.... Wow... I could not put this book down.... it's intense... and you feel like he is there in front of you telling you his experiences... they made me cry.... I love how it goes back and forth thru his work and his personal life. READ this book!!!!! Absolutely AMAZING!!! I have more respect for this man, more than ever!
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching This book brought me to tears on more than one occasion. I couldn't put it down. Anderson Cooper is a remarkable man who has endured more than most in a lifetime. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to hear the real story of world tragedies.
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and inspiring One of the most intriguing books I have ever read.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Anderson Cooper is a great reporter and this book only exemplifies that more! It was a book I couldnt put down! The information in this book is so great, sometimes you forget you are reading about actual events!
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is one of the books that you don't want to miss. I am stunned by the stories in this book and amazed by Anderson how he actually handled his feelings (from his past )
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from His words speak true humility. I couldn't wait to get a copy of Anderson's book. As I expected, his words spoke true humility. Anderson holds a unique quality of capturing the reader and the listener in his sincerity of describing any situation he has experienced. I was disappointed to find myself at the end of the book I had just begun! I eagerly anticipate his next writing.
Date published: 2006-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read but too short! I finished reading this memoir wanting more. The book is filled with moments in Anderson's broadcasting career and small tidbits of his personal life. (No mention of his reality show stint on "The Mole"). The descriptions of New Orleans after Katrina are heartwrenching. I look forward to more books by Anderson Cooper.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding Recently I caught Anderson Cooper on a segment of the Oprah Show..I had seen him previously on CNN and on 360 degrees. I am astounded by his ability to get a story all the details and in a professional and human manner. Dispatches from the Edge, which I purchased and read the same day was one of those books you just don't want to put down. Also entwined within his correspondent stories, was a glimpse into his personal life. He has run a difficult race in both areas. As I read I could hear Anderson's voice and it made the book, for me, as if he was personally telling me the story. I would give it all "thumbs up" and recommend it to anyone who will listen. I can't wait till he writes something else. A wonderful wonderful book and a keeper for sure.
Date published: 2006-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read! I was already a big fan of Anderson to begin with, so when I heard about this book Ihad high expectations and looked forward to reading it. When I finally bought it I was certainly not disappointed. He was able to captivate the reader's interest with his descriptions of everything that he saw and endured through his life so far. Anderson is an example of what so many of us aspire to be; he is intelligent, witty, creative, bold and caring. This book is truly a good read for anyone who simply cares about what goes on in the world around them. I hope he has plans to write another book some time soon.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Mr.Anderson book amazing !!! revealing about family tragies and how can people can cope with it
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and Real Much like his dispatches from the front line, Anderson Cooper takes you to the heart of the story. In his memoir he weaves his personal childhood memories with that of the events he is reporting. It is very personal and insightful when he talks about his relationship with his brother and how it changed when dealing with the grief of his fathers death. On his brothers subsiquent suicide, his contemplations are quite astute and very raw. This book is a very easy read, you simply want to keep on going and not put it down until you are done. He is one of the most well rounded journalists that is very adept at writing and has a definate future in the literary world ahead of him.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Such an amazing book. You get a look inside one of TV's most watched news anchors and get to experience some of what he has. There is an excellent intermingling of his new reporting stories and stories from his own life. This is a man with a passion for getting the truth seen and heard. Keep up the good work Anderson.
Date published: 2006-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a reporter without an ego I love watching Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN. He's the only journalist I have seen in a long time who doesn't seem to have an ego attached. Unlike Robert Kaplan, whom I have enjoyed reading in the past, Cooper writes without pretension, and I found that after reading this book, which I've just finished, I have a newfound respect for journalism in the 21st Century. For me, Cooper has revived the journalism field back into a respectable, non-judgmental and fascinating place to be.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anderson Delivers! Very moving. Brilliantly descriptive. Unique style of writing that captures your interest from start to finish.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent reading Well written, well paced. A riveting, emotionally charged read.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very well written.... It is a book that will keep you reading to the very end. I hope he continues to write books - guaranteed I will keep reading if he does.
Date published: 2006-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow amazing
Date published: 2006-05-26

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Dispatches from the Edge

by Anderson Cooper

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 13, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061743356

ISBN - 13: 9780061743351

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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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