When tragedy strikes Bill Carter's life he finds himself drawn to an unlikely place -- Bosnia, in the midst of its civil war. Searching for meaning in the heart of darkness, he manages to find lodging in an abandoned tower block and sets out getting supplies to the starved, besieged citizens of Sarajevo. It is there that Carter emerges from his stupor. Inspired by a community of people working to bring relief to the city, he daringly enlists the help of music group U2 and its lead singer, Bono, who set up satellite links on the band's Zooropa tour that allowed ordinary citizens of Sarajevo to speak unedited and live on 90-foot television screens to thousands of concertgoers worldwide.
Just as Michael Herr's Vietnam memoir Dispatches captured the horror of war for the '60s generation, Bill Carter's Fools Rush In will be the seminal book for this generation on the visceral and transformative impact of war in our time.
About the Author
Bill Carter joined The New York Times as a national media reporter in 1989. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Late Shift, two other books on the television industry, Monday Night Mayhem and Desperate Networks, and has written numerous articles for The New York Times Magazine and other publications. He has been a guest on Nightline, Today, CNN, Charlie Rose, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and many other shows. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he lives in New Jersey with his wife. They have two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A mizmerizing noval on a global scale that leaves you gasping for air. Once you pick up this book you will stay up all night to finish it. No one ever expects to do great things...just ordinary things that keep us the same. Bill Carter did so much with so little. People from all walks of life will be enriched by his detailed experiences of the Bosnian War...a war that many poeple of this generation never even heard or cared about....a war that goes on in many other countries around the world today. Put down the remote and sandwhich and pick up this book. You will never regrete it.
I read this book in 2 days. When I was younger I always imagined myself traveling the world and helping war torn countries. Here I am, 2 small children later, and this book brings back the drive to do better. That we take so much for granted in our every day lives, from the food we eat to the gas we fill our SUV's with. Carter does a wonderful job animating and describing life in the hell of Sarajevo. We have many Bosnian families in our area who tell of the horror they witnessed in Bosnia. This book brings the story of those people to life. Recommended read!!!