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Like many highly successful people, CNN reporter Anderson Cooper is driven to compensate for inner conflicts. Unlike many successful people, he reveals this discord in a best selling book. Some of these conflicts are fully disclosed, such as putting himself in dangerous situations to compensate for two childhood tragedies. Others are superficially alluded to, inviting the reader to do some interpreting.
Cooper's book, "Dispatches from the Edge" at first glance appears to be an autobiography. But only a small part of his life is covered in any detail. In fact, he claims to have forgotten most of his childhood before age ten. He clearly remembers the death of his father when Cooper was ten and the suicide of his older brother when Cooper was 21. Maybe too clearly.
Cooper tells us that he has few vices except for one: he's a workaholic. He enjoys the company of many associates but has no really close friends. He can't relax and is in his prime on the chase for a story. If the story is a war, famine or natural disaster where he could be killed, all the better. All of this culminates as he reports on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Seeing how people cope in the worst situations gave Cooper some insight into his inner self. And motivation to write this book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Anderson's own history is fascinating but what really struck me with this audiobook was the emotion he was speaking with. This wasn't just "here's my story" - it was full of emotion and opinion and really made listening to it all enjoyable. I listened while driving and I often went driving just to listen to more of it. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This was a very revealing book. It went past the man that he presents as a news anchor and revealed Anderson Cooper the person.
I feel that this is a candid account of the life he had led during the timeline of the book. He didn’t gloss over the family deaths and what he revealed about his brothers death was heartbreaking.
What also made it so real to me was that Anderson read it himself. To me, this made if feel very real.
I am very happy that I listened to this. I feel I got more out of this as an audio book because it meant more hearing him read it.
Well worth the credit it cost.
Loved this book, it was very interesting and the narration was excellent, thank you Anderson