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Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival Paperback – Bargain Price, May 8, 2007
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For those expecting straight reporting, there will be disappointment, for there is more of a blend of narrative and recollection, and the mix brings an interesting melancholy to scenes already overwhelmingly sad. Cooper's loss, both of his father and his brother, color much of his reporting, and rather than detracting from it, adds a great deal of emotional context.
His father died during open heart surgery at the age of fifty, and a decade later in 1988, his brother Carter jumped off the balcony of their mother's apartment. It was this senseless suicide that pushed Cooper to become a reporter, first with the youth-oriented Channel One and then ABC, traveling with his own video camera to dangerous regions of the world like Myanmar, Somalia, Bosnia and Rwanda. These passages are filled with vivid impressions of poverty, starvation and the personal impact of war. It becomes clear through Cooper's writing that he was seeking an escape from the personal pain he felt from his brother's premature death.
Ironically, the least interesting parts of the book have to do with his move to CNN. In spite of his sharp accounts about the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, especially expressive in his frustration with the minimal government support for the victims, he comes across a bit too pat and expeditious in his coverage of these events and the impact on him personally.Read more ›
I first encountered Anderson Cooper when he and Alison Stewart did the ABC late night news and those two kept alot of Americans up late as they chatted about and around the news. Even then you could tell those two were destined for great things: she's now doing "The Most" on MSNBC and Anderson is "the big news guy" replacing Aaron Brown on CNN's prime time news, called "Anderson Cooper 360". Now he's being paid the big bucks for stories that he once did for free as a correspondent with a fake press pass for the unsuspecting "Channel One".
I was surprised that what I expected to be exclusively about Hurricane Katrina became something so personal: about his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, and the tragedies of his father's and his brother's deaths. The fact that both mother and surviving son have successfully dealt with these tragedies has done nothing but made them strong and allowed them to move on. In reporting on Katrina, the Tsunami, Iraq, Niger, and the other locales, Anderson takes no prisoners in assessing the damage to lives and property. This is an engrossing, sometimes shocking, and truly informative personal memoir and investigative reporting. May Anderson Cooper find himself "never having to slow down, never having to land".Read more ›
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This is a great book with interesting stories and heartfelt memories from Anderson!Published 3 days ago by Mary Buchness
I love Anderson Cooper. I think he's adorable when Kathy Griffin puts him in an awkward spot. I enjoy watching him report on important news. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Theresa Reardon
Autobiographical story of CNN's Anderson Cooper. His mother Gloria Vanderbilt gave him great advice: follow your bliss. He describes his career in international reporting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GG
Anderson Cooper's writing brings vivid imagery to mind, and explains things in detail without being cumbersome. I read this book in 24 hours, very captivating.Published 5 months ago by Greg Bahnsen Burner
Anderson Cooper is brutally honest about his personal losses as well as wonderfully descriptive about all the world events he has covered over the years. Excellent book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carla Kann
Who doesn't love that sweet faced Anderson? I see on television the emotion he feels when he is off on assignment. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sara / Gull Cottage
I am glad this was not a gift for a friend, The jacket was a little ragged. One other problem, the spine of the jacket had some kind of blue price tag, showing $2.00. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Diana Lewis