It’s been an open secret in the LGBT community that CNN anchor and war correspondent Anderson Cooper is gay. It was certainly no surprise to me. I read his memoir, Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival several years ago, not because I presumed him to be gay, but because I love memoirs and I figured if anyone had an interesting story to tell, it would be him.
Now, I do have a confession to make before this goes too far; my first exposure to Anderson Cooper had absolutely nothing to do with CNN or his work prior to that as a reporter for ABC. Nope, not at all. I was introduced to him and his serious yet slightly quirky personality during the canceled original series, “The Mole“. He hosted the show through two great seasons before ABC pulled the plug. Cooper then moved on to CNN.
His book does not at all address his personal life other than as it directly deals with his professional life. That was intended, not to hide anything as many surmise but to tell the stories that were happening in front of him rather than to tell his personal story. So much has happened right in front of Cooper because Cooper goes wherever there’s a story to be told.
I remember video of him standing on a rooftop in Baghdad after a night of “Shock and Awe” reporting what was happening around him while all the other correspondents were holed up in the hotel beneath his feet reporting “live” from their phones. In fact, I remember Fox News showing “live” footage for hours and hours of a traffic light while their reporters were “live” off camera but he was on that rooftop for CNN. That’s the kind of stuff that’s in this book. It’s great stuff.
If you’re a student of history at all, this is a book you’ll enjoy.