Dispatches From The Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival

Paperback | May 8, 2007

byAnderson Cooper

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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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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...

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 V...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:May 8, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dispatches from the edg Wonderful. Couldn't put it down. Very thought provoking. Courageous journalist.
Date published: 2014-03-20
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 4 out of 5 by from True Stories from a Peaceful Warrier Anderson Cooper tells us what it's like to report the American tragedy from the trenches. His ruthless honesty & powerful ability to communicate, make "Dispatches" a must read for anyone who is wondering why The American psyche is perched on the edge of reality. Something's got to give!
Date published: 2013-06-04
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 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

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“Cooper weaves his experiences at CNN into a moving memoir.”