Breaking news: how the Associated Press has covered war, peace, and everything else

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Princeton Architectural Press, May 10, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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The reporter who filed the last dispatch before falling with Custer at his "last stand" against the Sioux.The Honolulu bureau chief who looked up from his breakfast table to see Japanese planes flying low andcalled San Francisco, managing to dictate a single paragraph before all communications to the mainlandwere cut. The Saigon bureau chief who served Coca-Cola and pound cake to three North Vietnamesesoldiers before writing the bulletin announcing the fall of Saigon. These are but a few of the gripping anddramatic stories reported first by the Associated Press in the past century and a half.

In How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace, and Everything Else, the Associated Press throws open its archives and invites readers into its news bureaus and out into the field to witness first hand its groundbreaking reporting on presidents, elections, wars, civil rights, trials and crimes, disasters, business, and major sports events. The book conveys, through personal accounts, archival materials, interviews, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographs, how the AP became the world's largest news organization and howit continues to play a vital role in providing the news to the American and international press. Breaking News makes an original and significant contribution to journalism history by shedding light on the nation's primary newswire service, one that reaches one half of the world daily and upon which virtually every serious newspaper and broadcast outlet in the nation has relied for decades.

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With its long history of news gathering, the Associated Press (AP) has covered just about every major event for over 150 years. In this collection of 12 essays, AP reporters review many of the stories ... Read full review


FOREWORD David Halberstam
PREFACE Thomas Curley

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David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians, a man whose newspaper reporting and books have helped define the era we live in. He graduated from Harvard in 1955, took his first job on the smallest daily in Mississippi, and then covered the early civil rights struggle for the Nashville Tennessean. He joined "The New York Times" in 1960, went overseas almost immediately, first to the Congo and then to Vietnam. His early pessimistic dispatches from Vietnam won him the Pulitzer in 1964 at the age of thirty. His last twelve books, starting with "The Best and the Brightest" and including "The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, " and "The Fifties, " have all been national bestsellers. Thirty-eight years after Mr. Halberstam won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Vietnam, "War in a Time of Peace

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