The Man Who Tried to Save the World by Scott Anderson
The Dangerous Life & Mysterious Disappearance of Fred Cuny

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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 World is a tour de force of literary journalism and an utterly compelling read.

About Scott Anderson

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Scott Anderson is a renowned war reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and several other national publications. He is the author of the acclaimed novel Triage; The 4 O'Clock Murders; and coauthor of War Zones with his brother Jon Lee Anderson. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published May 18, 1999 by Doubleday. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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A masterful portrait of Fred Cuny, a renegade Texan who certainly deserved his nickname, “Master of Disaster.” It’s hard to name a major disaster in the last 20 years that didn—t find Cuny at the helm of the rescue effort.

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So, by the book's end, when Anderson advances his own theory about Cuny's disappearance (that he was killed on orders of Chechen president Dzhokar Dudayev, who feared Cuny knew too much about whether or not Dudayev had leftover Soviet nuclear weapons), readers will be hard-pressed to judge whethe...

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