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The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of an American Hero

Tekijä: Scott Anderson

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What makes a man a hero, and what price must he pay? For one man, the answers came in the scariest place on earth. Fred Cuny spent his life in terrible places. In countries rent by war, earthquake, famine, and hurricane, Cuny saved hundreds of thousands of lives with a fearlessness that amazed all who knew him. A Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Cuny grew ever more daring in his globe-trotting adventures as his motivations became murkier. Was he a danger junkie? A CIA spy? Or a man who truly believed he had the wits and courage to save the world? After twenty-five years of heroic work that earned Cuny the nickname "Master of Disaster," he set off to the rogue Russian republic of Chechnya, a land of gangsters and Islamic terrorists, a quasi-state engaged in an unimaginably savage war with a Russian army of drunken, brutal incompetents. Cuny went to try to stop the war, but for the first time in his life he was scared, unsure of himself in an insane landscape where betrayal and murder lurked behind every face. He failed to stop the horror, yet soon returned to Chechnya on a mysterious mission. Cuny was last seen on a lonely mountain road, headed for a rebel fortress that was being subjected to the most intense artillery bombardment since World War II. War correspondent Scott Anderson became obsessed with Cuny's fate, and ventured into the deadly war zone himself in search of answers to several haunting questions: Whom was Cuny working for? What happened to him, and why? Most powerfully, what sort of man believes he can save the world? The answers to these questions form the heart of this extraordinary narrative, a true-life thriller that brings to light the chaos, treachery, and danger of the "new world order."The Man Who Tried to Save the Worldis a tour de force of literary journalism and an utterly compelling read.… (lisätietoja)
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  dickcraig | Aug 20, 2008 |
The Man Who Tried to Save the World is both the biography of Fred Cuny, one of the world's most successful and least-known humanitarian experts, and an attempt to solve the mystery of his disappearance during an aid mission to Chechnya. Scott Anderson shines in his inspirational chronicle of Cuny's work in Africa, Central America and the Middle East but drops the ball in investigating his disappearance. The book is poorly organized and often repeats information or doubles back on itself, making its final chapters burdensome to read. Still, I was grateful for the opportunity to read about Cuny's work and would recommend it to anyone considering a career in international development. ( )
  cestovatela | Apr 9, 2007 |
Fred Cuny was larger than life. Having been credited for saving the besieged citizens of Sarajevo during the dark days of the break up of Yugoslavia, he was convinced that he could make a difference in the civil war in Chechnya. But he disappeared.

The author, a personal friend of Cuny's and a lifelong war correspondent, sets out to find his friend, or at least determine what happened to him.

Anderson writes with the grace and style of a crime novelist. He goes inside the surreal world of the Chechyn rebels, and the post cold war world of the Russians. What he learned ended his life as a correspondent. ( )
  Sean_Nighbert | Apr 23, 2006 |
The intrigue and dangers of NGO workers as told through the life of Fred Cuny. ( )
  JBreedlove | Dec 14, 2005 |
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What makes a man a hero, and what price must he pay? For one man, the answers came in the scariest place on earth. Fred Cuny spent his life in terrible places. In countries rent by war, earthquake, famine, and hurricane, Cuny saved hundreds of thousands of lives with a fearlessness that amazed all who knew him. A Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Cuny grew ever more daring in his globe-trotting adventures as his motivations became murkier. Was he a danger junkie? A CIA spy? Or a man who truly believed he had the wits and courage to save the world? After twenty-five years of heroic work that earned Cuny the nickname "Master of Disaster," he set off to the rogue Russian republic of Chechnya, a land of gangsters and Islamic terrorists, a quasi-state engaged in an unimaginably savage war with a Russian army of drunken, brutal incompetents. Cuny went to try to stop the war, but for the first time in his life he was scared, unsure of himself in an insane landscape where betrayal and murder lurked behind every face. He failed to stop the horror, yet soon returned to Chechnya on a mysterious mission. Cuny was last seen on a lonely mountain road, headed for a rebel fortress that was being subjected to the most intense artillery bombardment since World War II. War correspondent Scott Anderson became obsessed with Cuny's fate, and ventured into the deadly war zone himself in search of answers to several haunting questions: Whom was Cuny working for? What happened to him, and why? Most powerfully, what sort of man believes he can save the world? The answers to these questions form the heart of this extraordinary narrative, a true-life thriller that brings to light the chaos, treachery, and danger of the "new world order."The Man Who Tried to Save the Worldis a tour de force of literary journalism and an utterly compelling read.

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