Picks and Pans Review: Dispatches from the Edge

updated 05/29/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/29/2006 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Anderson Cooper



A compelling presence on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, the author is a storyteller with plenty of heart: In covering disasters including Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, he appears to be an earnest Everyman who clearly savors wading though the muck and figuring out where the bodies are buried. In this smart, soulful page-turner, Cooper explains how his journalistic penchant for mayhem is entwined with his past: His father, writer Wyatt Cooper, died while undergoing heart surgery when Anderson was 10; his brother Carter jumped 14 stories to his death in front of their mother, designer Gloria Vanderbilt, in 1988. Strong stuff, as they say on CNN; and in Cooper's hands, well told.
[3 stars]

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