Breaking News: How the Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else

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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,

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It's an edge-of-the-seat account about those AP reporters who often risked their very lives to gather and report the news, revealing their insights and personal perspectives, along with on-the-spot photographs that provide a breathtaking front-row seat as history was being made. -- Clear Ridge Reporter, September 12, 2007

These days, in an era of media consolidation, when prominent newspapers like The Boston Globe are closing foreign bureaus and bloggers are proclaiming the demise of an out-of-touch mainstream media, it's refreshing to remember how significant moments in history were skillfully reported on, and quickly disseminated to the world. It's appropriate that the cover of Breaking News features a reporter racing to file the verdict from the Nuremberg trials, because the entire book sheds light on another well-worn journalism credo that's been an Associated Press staple these past 150 years: Get it first, and get it right. -- New York Observer, June 12, 2007

This fascinating collection of history-making photographs and behind-the-scenes text recount some of the greatest stories covered by the wire service during its 160-year history. Categories include war, sports, elections, civil rights and natural disasters. -- Sacramento Bee, June 3, 2007

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In 1865, having learned from a 200-word story that ended in news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the Associated Press developed the inverted pyramid, putting the most important news first. From the use of carrier pigeons, Western Union, and typewriters to conventions of newswriting, the AP since 1846 has set the standard in news gathering. The wire service has been the first onto news scenes and the last to leave, from a reporter on Custer's "last stand" against the Sioux, to the bureau chief who called in a report of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, to the bureau chief who hosted three North Vietnamese soldiers before reporting the fall of Saigon in the Vietnam War. AP reporters recount coverage of wars, assassinations, the civil rights movement, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and stock-market crashes in this stunning perspective on history and news gathering of the last 160 years. Vanessa Bush
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