Saturday, May 2, 2009

Dispatches From The Edge by Anderson Cooper

In this gripping, candid, and remarkably powerful memoir, Anderson Cooper 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. 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 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. From the tsunami in Sri Lanka to the war in Iraq, the starvation in Niger, and ultimately Hurricane Katrina, Cooper gives us a firsthand glimpse of the devastation that takes place when the normal order is ruptured on such a massive scale. Cooper had been in his share of life-threatening situations before -- in Sarajevo, Somalia, and 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 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.
My Thoughts:
Wow - I listened to this on audio. First let me say I am not a fan of memoirs, they have just never been my thing, but this is without a doubt one of the best audios I have listened to this year. Anderson Cooper is a journalists who put his heart and soul into his reporting. I love Anderson's reporting style he comes across as very honest and vulnerable. I don't think anyone will be disappointed with this book and I hope he continues to write more. I do want to say one word of warning if you lost someone in hurricane Katrina this might not be right for you. Anderson is very honest and does not hold back and talks about what he saw. The devastation and loss of life during hurricane Katrina is talked about and is very gut wrenching. I had to stop listening a couple of time, I was in tears and was at work. Anderson get 5out of 5 stars from me.


  1. Gosh Debbie if this is what you can do in half an hour I think you should consider becoming a professional reviewer.And life does usually work like this.The most talented at something are usually happier doing something else,hey!!

  2. This was a very thoughtful and intelligent review and I enjoyed reading it. This is a book I have had on my TBR list for a while but still somehow have not managed to get to yet. Glad to see it will be worth the wait!