Anderson Cooper is one of my favorite newscasters/journalists. He describes how his personal life and his life as a journalist merged. He was the one who, during and after Katrina, coined the phrase for watching the government as "keeping them honest". An interesting side note is his acknowledgement of the high he receives when in a chaotic world situation. Very good book.
This is a wonderful book. Anderson wrote it in such a manner that world events take on a very peronal perspecive. You end up feeling a greater personal responsibility and connection to all the countries and particularly our own where the targedy of katrina was also made personal, and about how horrifying it was that our own government didn't do more. As I said, it is a poinent book, and it also has interwoven in the book, about Anderson Cooper's life; his own personal tragerdies, and about his life being a Vanderbilt (his motherwas gloria Vanderbilt).
This book surprised me. Of course I know nothing about Anderson Cooper other than what I see on television, but this book is decidedly darker than I expected. Cooper reviews many of his travels into horrible parts of the world, along with delving into the suicide of his brother. I think a proper term for this book might be haunting.
Like many memoirs written by journalists, this one lacked the emotion that could have pushed it from 3 stars to 4 for me. And the fact that the audio was read by Anderson, who is a first rate anchor, instead of an anchor, was in my opinion, another mistake. It added to the lack of emotion. However, that being said, the book was worth reading (listening to) for the final two chapters, if for no other reason. His time in Mississippi and New Orleans during and after Katrina was powerful and even moving. I'm also glad I hung in there for the interview with him at the end of this audio because I was beginning to worry that his anchorperson manner of talking might be his actual speaking style. It's not. I only wish he had delivered the book as Anderson Cooper, the man instead of Anderson Cooper, CNN reporter. I think it would have had more impact throughout instead of just the Katrina chapters.
Cooper is a great writer and journalist. He did a great job of weaving his own personal history private tragedies throughout this memoir while never losing sight of the greater human tragedies and losses that were being experienced by those around him on a larger scale. Great read!
I have always liked Anderson Cooper as a news reporter, but after reading this memoir I have a whole new appreciation for his life experiences and his profession. He is a Vanderbilt so he is from wealth, but he really had to work his way to the top. He has risked his life to try to bring information to people everywhere and he has true compassion for those in crisis. Some of the sections were hard to digest, but overall he kept the tone of the book less morbid than he could have. I think the writing was amazing and he made his memoir very interesting by mixing his work life with his childhood experiences. I highly recommend this book!
Anderson Cooper is a top-notch journalist. This book surprised me by how much he opened up about his personal life...the bad things that he has faced during his life. As a newspaper reporter myself, I can attest that very few journalists come to this type of job without having a difficult past...something that makes them want to make the world a better place by the work they do. The work is also a way to avoid our own personal pain by trying to focus on helping others in their times of turmoil. Instead of the escape he probably wanted his job in the end has made him face many personal demons.
The book wasn't what I expected. But, I am glad I read it. It gives more insight to a wonderful journalist. It definitely explains why he cares so much.
I remember seeing Anderson Cooper on an Oprah episode when he first released this book and was happy to pick it up on the swap because I remember being intrigued when I saw the interview. It sat on my bookshelf awhile but having read it now, I wish I had picked it up sooner. Cooper fully engages the reader by integrating his own very private family tragedy somewhat in the spotlight with his Mom being Glovia Vanderbuilt with his work spotlighting the devastation around him. He is humble and shares his story from the very early days as he tried to make it as a reporter to the present time. Easy flow and easy to get lost in.
You either like Anderson Cooper or you don't. Regardless, he knows how to write a great book. Very hard to put the book down. It seems like he's seen it all in our world. Mixed in with that is a lot of information about his formative years and what makes him tick. Didn't think I would like this book at all but it ending up being one of my most favorite reads of the year.
Very informative, providing insights not only into his troubled personal life as the son of an heiress whose brother committed suicide, but also into what it is like to be a correspondent who covers disasters and tragic situations. I teach workshops on dealing with the media during a crisis, so I found it particularly fascinating. The material, because of its nature, is quite depressing.
This book is good, but really depressing. He makes everything in the book clinical and extremely personal at the same time and I thought it was amazing how much he wanted to be a correspondent. His writing style was very engaging, while it was really hard to read some parts because he was in such terrible circumstances so often, I never wanted to put the book down. I felt terrible about so many of the things he's seen and been through, and even worse for the people that were living in the nightmares he describes and can't leave at the end of the story.
Do NOT read this if you are looking for something light, but it is SO worth reading.
Anderson Cooper is either one of the greatest men to ever work in media, or he's the best best faker in media. Either way, well done! As soon as I retrieved this book from the mailbox, I was engrossed. I put down everything else I was reading/doing and read this memoir. My respect for Anderson multiplied several times over during this read. Memoir/biography fans will love this book, as will anyone who is a news junkie (I am both). I hope A.C. will publish many more memoirs of this type throughout his career.
****This book is in Large Print8*******
This book has never been read, I found it to hard to read large print so got another copy to read. I found the book very interesting, a new insight to the world around us and another confirmation that you can't beleive everything you hear on the telivision to be the whole story.
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