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  • Cooper is so painfully unsentimental—and you’ll know what I mean when you read it—and is so focused on exploring the lack of fairness and the presence of pain without claiming to have any answers, that you will feel his uncertainty and swear you are going through the experiences with him


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      I was inspired to read this book because I have been a huge fan of Anderson Cooper’s prime time CNN show, AC360, for quite some time. It quickly became my favorite book.

      Mr.

      Cooper clearly inherited the great writing talents of both of his parents, as he weaves his extraordinary experiences as an international journalist with the memories they stirred in him of his painful past.


      The book doubles as an incredibly informative documentation of global events from the famine in Somalia in the early nineties, through the Bosnian civil war in 1993, the Indonesian tsunami of 2004, the Iraqi elections of 2005, the famine in Niger, and Hurricane Katrina, among many others.

      However, Mr.

      Cooper’s technique of delving into his own emotions and his own demons and his visceral responses to these crises ...


      • serves as an extraordinary way for the reader to feel the universal heartbeat that ran underneath every one of these events.

        I never say sentimental things like this about books, but Mr.

        Cooper is so painfully unsentimental—and you’ll know what I mean when you read it—and is so focused on exploring the lack of fairness and the presence of pain without claiming to have any answers, that you

        will feel his uncertainty and swear you are going through the experiences with him.

        There is comic relief, but not an overwhelming amount.

        It is shockingly honest, yet fiercely protects the privacy of his friends and other loved ones.

        It is a wonderful testament to the excellent career that Anderson Cooper has cultivated at such a young age, and to the compassion that drove him to do so.




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