The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Fred Cuny

The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The Dangerous Life and Mysterious Disappearance of Fred Cuny

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  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 28mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385486669
  • ISBN 13: 9780385486668
  • Illustrations note: 8 PAGES OF B&W PHOTOGRAPHS
  • Sales rank: 457,709

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A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and natural disasters, saving many thousands of lives through his innovative and sometimes controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned his nickname "Master of Disaster" for his exploits in Kurdistan, Somalia, and Bosnia. But when he arrived in the rogue Russian republic of Chechnya in the spring of 1995, raring to go and eager to put his ample funds from George Soros to good use, he found himself in the midst of an unimaginably savage war of independence, unlike any he had ever before encountered. Shortly thereafter, he disappeared in the war-rocked highlands, never to be seen again. Who was Cuny really working for? Was he a CIA spy? Who killed him, and why? In search of the answers, Scott Anderson traveled to Chechnya on a hazardous journey that started as as a magazine assignment and ended as a personal mission. The result is a galvanizing adventure story, a chilling picture of "the new world order," and a tour de force of literary journalism.

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SCOTT ANDERSON is a renowned war reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and other national publications. He is the author of the novels Triage and The 4 O'Clock Murders, and coauthor of War Zones with his brother, Jon Lee Anderson. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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"One of the most thrilling stories I have ever read...This is not just an adventure story, but a mystery of the first order." --Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm "A mystery story, straight out of a plot from John LeCarr&#233." --"The New York Times Book Review"" "Forget Mount Everest. Forget the perfect storm. For pure adrenaline, there's nothing like the war zone." --""Time Out New York" "One of the most important books to be published since the fall of the Berlin Wall...A great, epic mystery of our day." --"The New York Observer"

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A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a ladies' man, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and earthquake, saving many thousands of lives with his innovative and often controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned the nickname "Master of Disaster" for his exploits in Kurdistan, Somalia, and Bosnia. But when he arrived in the rogue Russian republic of Chechnya in the spring of 1995, raring to go and eager to put his ample funds from George Soros to good use, he found himself in the midst of an unimaginably savage war of independence unlike any he had ever before encountered. Shortly thereafter, he vanished into the warrocked highlands never to be seen again.Who was Cuny really working for? Was he a CIA spy? Who killed him, and why? Determined to answer these questions, veteran war reporter Scott Anderson headed to Chechnya on a hazardous journey that started as a magazine assignment and ended as a personal mission. At great risk to his own life, Anderson traveled through the region in search of solutions to the enigmas of Fred Cuny's life and death. The result is an extraordinary narrative of the chilling reality that is "the new world order", and a tour de force of literary journalism.

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A swashbuckling Texan, a teller of tall tales, a womanizer, and a renegade, Fred Cuny spent his life in countries rent by war, famine, and natural disasters, saving many thousands of lives through his innovative and sometimes controversial methods of relief work. Cuny earned his nickname "Master of Disaster" for his exploits in Kurdistan, Somalia, and Bosnia. But when he arrived in the rogue Russian republic of Chechnya in the spring of 1995, raring to go and eager to put his ample funds from George Soros to good use, he found himself in the midst of an unimaginably savage war of independence, unlike any he had ever before encountered. Shortly thereafter, he disappeared in the war-rocked highlands, never to be seen again. Who was Cuny really working for? Was he a CIA spy? Who killed him, and why? In search of the answers, Scott Anderson traveled to Chechnya on a hazardous journey that started as as a magazine assignment and ended as a personal mission. The result is a galvanizing adventure story, a chilling picture of "the new world order," and a tour de force of literary journalism.