The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life And Mysterious Disappearance Of An American Hero

by Scott Anderson

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | May 16, 2000 | Trade Paperback |

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A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and natural disasters, saving many thousands of lives through his innovative and sometimes controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned his nickname "Master of Disaster" for his exploits in Kurdistan, Somalia, and Bosnia. But when he arrived in the rogue Russian republic of Chechnya in the spring of 1995, raring to go and eager to put his ample funds from George Soros to good use, he found himself in the midst of an unimaginably savage war of independence, unlike any he had ever before encountered. Shortly thereafter, he disappeared in the war-rocked highlands, never to be seen again.

Who was Cuny really working for? Was he a CIA spy? Who killed him, and why? In search of the answers, Scott Anderson traveled to Chechnya on a hazardous journey that started as as a magazine assignment and ended as a personal mission. The result is a galvanizing adventure story, a chilling picture of "the  new world order," and a tour de force of literary journalism.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 402 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 16, 2000

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385486669

ISBN - 13: 9780385486668

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The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life And Mysterious Disappearance Of An American Hero

The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life And Mysterious Disappearance Of An American Hero

by Scott Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 402 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 16, 2000

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385486669

ISBN - 13: 9780385486668

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You have entered the wilderness of trees and mirrors. This is a story with no obvious answers because that''s how it was set up, the way it''s supposed to be. --Former U.S. intelligence officer on the search for Fred Cuny Shortly after eleven o''clock on the morning of March 31, 1995, five people emerged from a building at the south end of the main square of Sleptsovskaya, a small town in the northern Caucasus republic of Ingushetia. Crossing to the tree-lined curb, they climbed aboard a battered gray ambulance and pulled away. The two-story building they had just left housed a Russian government agency with a very long name: the Ministry of States of Emergency and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters--or "Emergency Situations" for short. There had been a number of "emergency situations" in the Russian Federation since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the most pressing one in Ingushetia that spring of 1995 was the war in neighboring Chechnya. At the end of March the conflict between the Russian army and Chechen separatists was only fourteen weeks old, but already tens of thousands were dead, whole towns and cities flattened, and the tide of battle had moved steadily westward to lap at the Ingushetia frontier. In Sleptsovskaya, a dusty, dull town less than a mile from the border, the fighting was now so close that on some nights its windows rattled from the concussion of Russian artillery, certain breezes carrying the sounds of combat so di
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A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and natural disasters, saving many thousands of lives through his innovative and sometimes controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned his nickname "Master of Disaster" for his exploits in Kurdistan, Somalia, and Bosnia. But when he arrived in the rogue Russian republic of Chechnya in the spring of 1995, raring to go and eager to put his ample funds from George Soros to good use, he found himself in the midst of an unimaginably savage war of independence, unlike any he had ever before encountered. Shortly thereafter, he disappeared in the war-rocked highlands, never to be seen again.

Who was Cuny really working for? Was he a CIA spy? Who killed him, and why? In search of the answers, Scott Anderson traveled to Chechnya on a hazardous journey that started as as a magazine assignment and ended as a personal mission. The result is a galvanizing adventure story, a chilling picture of "the  new world order," and a tour de force of literary journalism.

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A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and natural disasters, saving many thousands of lives through his innovative and sometimes controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned his nickname "Master of Disaster" for his exploits in Kurdistan, Somalia, and Bosnia. But when he arrived in the rogue Russian republic of Chechnya in the spring of 1995, raring to go and eager to put his ample funds from George Soros to good use, he found himself in the midst of an unimaginably savage war of independence, unlike any he had ever before encountered. Shortly thereafter, he disappeared in the war-rocked highlands, never to be seen again.
Who was Cuny really working for? Was he a CIA spy? Who killed him, and why? In search of the answers, Scott Anderson traveled to Chechnya on a hazardous journey that started as as a magazine assignment and ended as a personal mission. The result is a galvanizing adventure story, a chilling picture of "the new world order," and a tour de force of literary journalism.

About the Author

SCOTT ANDERSON is a renowned war reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper''s, and other national publications. He is the author of the novels Triage and The 4 O''Clock Murders, and coauthor of War Zones with his brother, Jon Lee Anderson. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

From Our Editors

Nicknamed the "Master of Disaster" for his unfailing appearance at trouble spots such as Kurdistan, Somalia, and Bosnia, Fred Cuny saved thousands of lives the all over the world through his innovative relief work. While putting his brand of emergency relief to work in the savage war in Chechnya, however, this adventurous humanitarian disappeared without a trace. In The Man Who Tried to Save the World, veteran war reporter Scott Anderson explores the reasons behind his disappearance, including CIA involvement, in this thrilling triumph of investigative journalism.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the most thrilling stories I have ever read...This is not just an adventure story, but a mystery of the first order." --Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

"A mystery story, straight out of a plot from John LeCarr&#233." --The New York Times Book Review

"Forget Mount Everest. Forget the perfect storm. For pure adrenaline, there''s nothing like the war zone." --
Time Out New York

"One of the most important books to be published since the fall of the Berlin Wall...A great, epic mystery of our day." --The New York Observer
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