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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 ›
In 2005, the dam finally broke. The long denied pain came seeping out, then rushing out, and the man finally reconnected with his emotions and himself, in an excruciating but life-saving hurricane of grief.
Anderson is very candid in giving us access to the pain he kept repressing. He explains how he had compartmentalized his life in order to handle it. But the truth is, we can't help but feel he has opened but one compartment in this book. The box "loss, death and grief" is generously shared. But it is not enough because we guess there is a lot more to Anderson than what is revealed there. We never get a sense of who he really is, what makes him get up in the morning, what he loves and hates. This book is a splendid display of opening up while at the same time keeping a huge part hidden. And Anderson fails to ever rise high above his experiences in order to view them in an all-encompassing perspective. Perhaps it is because, as he says, "he doesn't wear his opinions on his sleeve", but what better place than this book to have and express one's opinions? If he has developed mottos, convictions, a philosophy of life, after all he has seen, he doesn't really share them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's reassuring to read accounts like these from someone you trust. I feel that I have finally gotten to the truth.Published 15 hours ago by Marie
I find Anderson Cooper a fascinating figure, and an excellent writer. This is a delightful look into what makes him tick.Published 19 days ago by Julianne Lee
Anderson Cooper is a master of words. This book is compelling, highly introspective, and incredibly transparent. Awesome!!!Published 23 days ago by Smokey-Blu
I choose this book after reading he was the son of Gloria Vanderbilt..and also he has a heartfelt way with words
I had tears many times for what people have gone through... Read more
Great read from one of the most respected man on TV.
Anderson Cooper sees things through eyes that have
compassion. Read more