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By Soledad O'Brien, Rose Marie Arce

From best CNN anchor and targeted correspondent Soledad O'Brien comes a hugely own examine her greatest reporting moments from typhoon Katrina, the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastating Haiti earthquake, and to the historical 2008 U.S. elections and excessive profile interviews with daily american citizens. Drawing on her personal precise historical past in addition to her stories on the entrance traces of the main provocative matters in brand new society, and from her paintings at the acclaimed documentaries Black in America and Latino in America, O'Brien bargains her candid, clear-eyed tackle the place we're as a rustic and the place we are going.

What emerges is either an inspiring message of wish and a glimpse into the guts and soul of 1 of America's such a lot straight-talking reporters.

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