We Interrupt This Broadcast: The Events That Stopped Our Lives... From the Hindenburg Explosion to the Virginia Tech Shooting

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Few phrases garner as much attention as "We Interrupt This Broadcast?" Wherever we may happen to be, our lives stop for a moment, and we experience those few seconds of anxiety between the ...

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The New York Times Bestseller
The USA Today Bestseller
The Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Where Were You When…?

Few phrases garner as much attention as "We Interrupt This Broadcast…" Wherever we may happen to be, our lives stop for a moment, and we experience those few seconds of anxiety between the interruption and the actual announcement of what has happened.

In words and images, We Interrupt This Broadcast brings to life the famous and infamous moments that were announced to us with those four chilling words.

This 10th Anniversary Edition features 3 audio CDs with actual broadcasts and includes a new afterword from NBC's Brian Williams.

From the dawn of electronic media to today, from the catastrophe of the Hindenburg to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, these are the forty-three events that stopped us in our tracks and changed our world.

We Interrupt This Broadcast
recounts the details of the events and spotlights the photographs that tell the stories. Accompanying the book are two digitally mastered compact discs containing over two hours of audio from the events, narrated by award-winning journalist Bill Kurtis.

These heart-stopping moments include both the famous words you remember and rare audio footage that will take you back into the magnitude of the event. Share with your friends, family, children and grandchildren your memories of where you were when the world stopped and held its breath in anticipation.


"News junkies can go in for the good stuff with this book and CD set…an impressive tome of rare photos and historical accounts.…"
Time Out New York

"…the ability of the electronic media to capture history couldn't be more powerful-or chilling."
Biography magazine

"Altogether, the book and CDs are a keeper, offering both valuable history lessons and a dramatic record of the definitive moments for generations of Americans."
Publishers Weekly

"The CDs deliver an exciting, engaging exercise. The events are all hugely memorable. The bits of historic sound are powerfully evocative."
Baltimore Sun

"Garner has done a masterful job of collecting these moments, and with the accompanying CDs, one can listen over and over to the moments that shaped this century."

Essential for EVERY library—home and public
This is the latest in this series of books with CDs produced by Joe Garner for Sourcebooks. For the last 10 years updated versions were published, as enough news events occurred to warrant a new edition. We are now up to THREE CDs of material, carrying us to 2007 with the horrific massacre at Virginia Tech University. While most of the events captured here—starting in 1937 with the explosion and crash of the Hindenburg—are tragedies, there are a few glimmers of hope, usually involving the space program in the 1960s and 1970s.

In fact, the only other upbeat story included is the end of World War II (and the fact that there even was a war is not very upbeat.). But as philosopher George Santayana said (and has often been repeated with minor changes: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.". And that is reason enough to get this book, play the CDs, look at the photos and, if you have children, share the experience with them.

The first 2 CDs are the same as prior editions yet it is still worth getting this edition—if you already own the earlier ones, [then] for the third disc. (Then give your older copy to a friend or, better yet, donate to your local library.)
Steve Ramm, "Anything Phonographic" May 1, 2009
Amazon Review

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
""This outstanding examination of 46 profoundly impacting "breaking news" events-from the crash of the Hindenburg to the massacre at Virginia Tech-reminds us of the essential role TV and radio have always played in keeping America informed at moments of celebration as well as catastrophe." " - American Profile

""It gives the biggest headlines not only background but also consequence." " - The Book Nest

""These are incredibly moving historical milestones and I will admit to choking up and even shedding some tears as I listened to the audio tracks." " - We Be Reading

""Effectively combining history, commentary, and audio recordings of actual news broadcasts, Joe Garner's recently re-released We Interrupt This Broadcast is a far cry above the typical coffee-table history book."" - Word Candy

""We Interrupt This Broadcast is an amazing journey through our past and all the events that have shaped us into what we are today." " - B&b ex libris

""It's that sense of being part of something bigger than ourselves. What is interesting is that besides friends from here in the States, I'll be hosting friends from various parts of the world, from England to Mexico to Brazil and, yet, the images of the fiery Hindenburg, the moon landing, or the tumbling Berlin wall is something that at least one of us sitting around the table eating turkey will have a memory to share from one or more of the major events from the book."

" - Huffington Post

""Hearing the actual broadcasts takes you back in time--even if you were never there. As far as I'm concerned, Sourcebooks has hit another homerun when it comes to bringing history to life."" - Reader For Life

""The power of pictures bring back powerful emotions, of sadness, it will remind you of what you were feeling and smelling and doing during the broadcast. At least it did for me."" - Seaside Book Worm Blogger

""I sat down intending to just thumb through the book and listen to a bit of a CD and found four hours had gone by, so buyer beware and all that, particularly if you end up purchasing it for someone else ... you may end up keeping it to go over at leisure because there is so much material provided."" - Daily Kos

""The real hook is the inclusion of three CDs featuring audio taken from the original radio broadcasts. Narrator Bill Kurtis reads what amounts to condensed versions of the book's articles, punctuated by excerpts of the breaking news. Not intended as a comprehensive account, a good job is done by giving a sort of Cliffs Notes version of major news stories."" - Blog Critics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402213199
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 695,828
  • Product dimensions: 10.98 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Garner (LA) is the New York Times bestselling author of And The Crowd Goes Wild and And The Fans Roared. His expertise on the media's coverage of major events has been featured on Larry King Live, Weekend Today, CNN, and NPR.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Walter Cronkite

Introduction disc

* The Hindenburg Explodes

• Pearl Harbor Under Attack

• D-Day: The Normandy Invasion

• President Roosevelt Dies

• V-E Day: War in Europe Ends

• Atomic Bomb Destroys Hiroshima

• Japan Surrenders: WWII Ends

• Truman Defeats Dewey

• General MacArthur Fired

• Sputnik Launched by Soviets

• John Glenn Orbits Earth

• Marilyn Monroe Dies

• Cuban Missile Crisis: Nuclear War Threatened

• President Kennedy Assassinated

• Japan Surrenders: WWII Ends

• Truman Defeats Dewey

• Lee Harvey Oswald Assassinated

• President Johnson Declines Reelection Bid

• Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

• Robert Kennedy Assassinated

• Apollo 11: Man Walks on Moon

• Apollo 13: Astronauts Escape Disaster

• Kent State Massacre

• Munich Olympics Tragedy

• Nixon Resigns

• Saigon Falls

• Elvis Dies

• Iran Hostage Crisis

• John Lennon Assassinated

• President Reagan Shot

• The Challenger Explodes

• Berlin Wall Crumbles

• Operation Desert Storm Begins

• Rodney King Verdict Incites Riots

• Waco Standoff Ends in Disaster

• O.J. Simpson Saga

• Oklahoma City Bombing

• Flight 800 Explodes Over Atlantic

• Atlanta Olympics Bombing

• Princess Diana Dies

• The Impeachment of President Clinton

• Tragedy at Columbine High School

• John F. Kennedy Jr. Dies

• The 200 Election

• America Under Attack

• Operation Iraqi Freedom Begins

• Hurricane Katrina Floods New Orleans

• The Virginia Tech Massacre

Afterword by Brian Williams
Audio and Announcer Credits
Photography Credits
About the Author
About the Narrator

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  • Posted December 21, 2008

    It's just like being there............

    This will bring back so many memories. It's like being ther the day these events happened.

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