Dispatches From the Edge

Dispatches From the Edge

A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival

Book - 2006
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From one of America's leading reporters comes a deeply personal, extraordinarily powerful look at the most volatile crises he has witnessed around the world, from New Orleans to Baghdad and beyond.

Dispatches from the Edge of the World is a book that gives us a rare up-close glimpse of what happens when the normal order of things is suddenly turned upside down, whether it's a natural disaster, a civil war, or a heated political battle. Over the last year, few people have witnessed more scenes of chaos and conflict than Anderson Cooper, whose groundbreaking coverage on CNN has become the touchstone of twenty-first century journalism. This book explores in a very personal way the most important - and most dangerous - crises of our time, and the surprising impact they have had on his life.



From the devastating tsunami in South Asia to the suffering Niger, and ultimately Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Cooper shares his own experiences of traversing the globe, covering the world's most astonishing stories. As a television journalist, he has the gift of speaking with an emotional directness that cuts through the barriers of the medium. In his first book, that passion communicates itself through a rich fabric of memoir and reportage, reflection and first-person narrative. Unflinching and utterly engrossing, this is the story of an extraordinary year in a reporter's life.

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780061132384
0061132381
Branch Call Number: 070.92 COOPE
Characteristics: 212 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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Medimar2
Apr 15, 2017

Anderson did a great job humanizing several disasters he covered through interviews with survivors, caregivers and 1st responders. I was particularly touched with his shock that the response to all the deceased of Katrina was so similar to that of 3rd world tragedies like the Indian Ocean tsunami that hit Sri Lanka and the horrible famine in Niger in 2005.

He broke me up, but he definitely made me a better person to be touched by it. That's good writing. I'm a celebrity junkie and I loved his describing his famous mother, his kind and wise father and his loved but troubled brother. I'm going to see if he's written anything else. I highly recommend this book. Give it a look, you'll be captivated.

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StarGladiator
Jan 12, 2017

Propaganda Assets Inventory: fake newsies on the payroll of the CIA, DIA, NSA or State Department. Anderson Pooper, while at Yale, interned summers at CIA headquarters in Langley, VA [you know, the place that Thomas Bodstrom, lead attorney in attempting to extradite WikiLeaks' Julian Assange to Sweden and Bodstrom was the former Swedish Justice Minister when the CIA extreme renditioned the wrong Arab-Swedes there, moved to?!?!?] as did at least one or two others at CNN, and PBS, and CBS, etc.
If we can't keep it real, it's called Fake News, and it has required Fake Newsies for many, many decades now [the Alsop brothers, Cleveland Amory, Lewis Lapham, the O'Learys, Walter Pincus, Robert Ludlum, Seymour Freidin, Richard Harkness, Julius Ochs Adler, Edward Hunter, Tom Braden, Ben Bradlee, the Grahams [Katherine Meyer Graham and her husband, Phil Graham - - who committed // suicide \\ after his stay at the CIA's MK ULTRA wing of Chestnut Lodge Sanitarium, once located in Rockville, Maryland, where some were either sent to have their memories, altered, wiped or directed to die].
FYI: On CNN/Cooper show, [1/2016] they've been running a number of nights in a row focusing on an unsubstantiated report featuring a number of allegations - - so they are reporting on an unsubstantiated story full of nothing but allegations, specifically a // report \\ contracted by the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign to a British business intelligence firm [Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd.] whose sole shareholder is HRC fundraiser, Lady de Rothschild, who gave multiple fundraisers at Martha's Vineyard for HRC. The CIA forgot to mention that!!!!!

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Anashuya
Jul 23, 2014

I picked up this book in my 'memoirs reading phase'. Actually, I have never watched any of Anderson Cooper's shows. So for me it was a clean slate when I started reading the book.

I feel Mr. Cooper has squeezed the 'pathos' lemon a little too hard, and the taste by the end was utterly bitter. I appreciate his sharing of many heart wrenching stories which are absolutely unimaginable. But the thing with stories like these is that there is no need to add extra zing to them. After a hundred pages or so, a feeling of numbness charges through the mind, which is not easy to shake off.

Along with this book, I also was reading "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah . Despite its controversy, the story-telling style used by the author was so realistic that it humbles one down to being extra happy for all we have got.

I believe Mr. Cooper also realizes the numbness he is creating as he does check himself from time to time to the incredulous nature of his job.

As it is said, that the best story we can tell is the one of ourselves. The story of his brother weaved into the book was heartfelt and his reactions much more real.

bookfanatic1979 Apr 08, 2014

Loved it. Cooper’s writing style is thoughtful and well spoken—rather like Cooper himself I’d imagine. Not only do we get some behind-the-scenes insight into what it takes to be a correspondent, but we also see into Cooper’s personal history as well.

BPLNextBestAdults Nov 15, 2011

The book describes the events of 2005 as Cooper covers the effects of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Sri Lanka, the election in Iraq, starvation in West Africa, and finally, hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in New Orleans. Interspersed with the events of that year are flashbacks to other tragedies. The bloodshed in Iraq intermingles with massacres in Rwanda, snipers in Bosnia, children starving in Somalia, the early death of his father, and the suicide of his 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 he felt at home.

For your consideration: vivid descriptions of death, disease and disaster

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TheSponge
Mar 03, 2011

I picked this book up at the airport and read it during my flight.
Simply written, it is a persuasive memoir that evokes vivid imagery for the reader.

Without giving too much of the plot away, the author chronicles an assortment of experiences from dangerous, foreign, war-torn, hurricane-ravaged locales while also describing childhood memories such as his father's early death as well as his brother's suicide.

Lots of chaos and conflict yet still an undeniably gripping read.

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taravali
Mar 03, 2011

I had never really paid much attention to Anderson Cooper, not ever having had a television and thus no CNN. Still, he came across my radar occassionally. The impression that I got from brief reports was that he was smug and somewhat excitable. This book explains those impressions. He has had a difficult life and is a very thoughtful, sensitive person in a lot of ways. It seems that because of the slings life threw at him, he has had to develop a hard outer shell, an urge to run and an immunity of sorts to tragedy. His comments on his experiences in war and disaster-torn countries are seen through an emotional filter. Much of the description can be difficult for people with weak stomach. Most interesting are the sections on hurricane Katrina, when he realized he had star power and used it as a passport to get the story.

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