The correspondent and anchor for CNN recounts events from his life and career, offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most devastating modern tragedies and their effect on his own life.
Anderson Cooper's memoir of the 2005 news year includes war and natural disasters: tsunamis, Katrina, Iraq, starvation in Africa. Cooper, who is objective on camera when covering news for CNN, here recalls the major stories and worldwide locales that that he reported on, as he tells how tragedy after tragedy eventually impacted on his personal life, bringing to the surface his feelings about the loss of his father and brother as well as his lifelong struggle to deal with fame of his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. This time without the aid of a camera, Cooper recreates the settings in vivid language, telling the story behind the story, and fleshing out what it is like for a reporter to jet in to tragedy, struggle to do justice to the events and people affected, and then sort out his own personal feelings off-camera. DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE becomes a memoir of his whole life as Cooper discovers the reasons why he chose a career that was intense, fast-moving, and dramatic, and required jetting to exotic locales with high risk--in other words, a life on the edge. Photographs.
- Biography + Autobiography, Language + Art + Disciplines, Performing Arts
- Military, Television / General, Journalism
- May 1, 2007
- May 1, 2007
- Anderson Cooper