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.
About the Author
<p><b><br>scott anderson </b>is a war correspondent and a contributing writer at the<i> New York Times Magazine</i>. His work has also appeared in <i>Vanity Fair</i>, <i>Esquire</i>, <i>Harper’s</i>, <i>Outside</i>, and many other publications. Over the years he has written from Beirut, Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Israel, Sudan, Sarajevo, El Salvador, and a number of other war-torn areas. He is the author of the novel <i>Triage</i> and the nonfiction books <i>The 4 O’Clock Murders</i>, <i>The Man Who Tried to Save the World</i>, and, with his brother, Jon Lee Anderson, <i>War Zones</i>. Anderson lives in Upstate New York.</p>
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