We Interrupt This Broadcast: The Events That Stopped Our Lives...from the Hindenburg Explosion to the Death of John F. Kennedy Jr.

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In this attractively designed book, 41 events are presented in photos (many full page) and text. Two included CDs contain actual broadcasts, with narration by newsman Bill Kurtis. Events range in time from the Hindenburg explosion (1937), to the death of John F. Kennedy Jr. (1999), and include some of the most important events of WWII, the many assassinations of the 1960s, and various other disasters and headline making events of the 20th century. No index or scholarly trappings. 10.5x10.5<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570715358
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND BK&CD
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 10.83 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

The Hindenburg Explodes 2
Pearl Harbor Under Attack 6
D-Day: The Normandy Invasion 10
President Roosevelt Dies 14
V-E Day: War in Europe Ends 18
Atomic Bomb Destroys Hiroshima 22
Japan Surrenders: WWII Ends 26
Truman Defeats Dewey 30
General MacArthur Fired 32
Sputnik Launched by Soviets 34
John Glenn Orbits Earth 36
Marilyn Monroe Dies 40
Cuban Missile Crisis: Nuclear War Threatened 44
President Kennedy Assassinated 48
Lee Harvey Oswald Assassinated 54
President Johnson Declines Re-election Bid 58
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassinated 60
Robert Kennedy Assassinated 64
Apollo 11: Man Walks on Moon 68
Apollo 13: Astronauts Escape Disaster 72
Kent State Massacre 76
Munich Olympics Tragedy 80
Nixon Resigns 84
Saigon Falls 88
Elvis Dies 92
Iran Hostage Crisis 96
John Lennon Assassinated 100
President Reagan Shot 104
The Challenger Explodes 106
Berlin Wall Crumbles 110
Operation Desert Storm Begins 116
Rodney King Verdict Incites Riots 122
Waco Standoff Ends in Disaster 126
O. J. Simpson Saga 130
Oklahoma City Bombing 134
Flight 800 Explodes Over Atlantic 140
Atlanta Olympics Bombing 144
Princess Diana Dies 146
The Impeachment of President Clinton 150
Tragedy at Columbine High School 154
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Dies 158
Acknowledgments 163
Audio and Announcer Credits 165
Photography Credits 167
About the Author and Narrator 169
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2002

    RFK assassination (the Andrew West recording)

    I enjoy books of this nature and their accompanying CDS or DVDS. There have been several of these offerings in recent years and they're all marvelous, and I recommend them all. Want to briefly mention something regarding one of the events recalled in this book (the RFK assassination) or, more specifically, the Andrew West recording. Over the years, many people have misinterpreted this audio recording made at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968 by KRKD Radio news reporter Andrew West for the Mutual network. Many have incorrectly assumed the recording features West interviewing Senator Robert F. Kennedy at the moment RFK was shot. Actually, West was nowhere near Kennedy at the time of the shooting in the kitchen pantry. Instead, here is what actually happened... When RFK finished his remarks at the podium in the Embassy Room, West (in eyeglasses and holding a microphone while standing next to the podium to RFK's right) asked the Senator a question about Hubert Humphrey. When you hear Bobby's voice in the West recording answering this question, what you are actually hearing is Kennedy answering it while still standing at the podium. As soon as RFK finishes his answer to West's question, West hits the off button on his tape-recorder's microphone and the Senator turns around to leave the platform and head for the kitchen area. West remains behind at the podium to gather up his equipment. When RFK is shot in the pantry, West is not with him nor is West's tape-recorder taping anything at that crucial point. West hears the commotion and races to the pantry, where he switches his microphone back on to resume taping. So when we hear this famous recording of the RFK assassination, we need to understand there is actually a substantial gap of time that West did not record; and that untaped gap of perhaps a minute or more exists between the moment Bobby finishes answering Andrew West's question while both men are still standing at the podium and that awful moment later when West arrives in the pantry after the shooting has already taken place to frantically describe on tape the immediate assassination aftermath scene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    Too many interruptions

    This is a great concept with a so-so follow-through. The book has some fine photos and lackluster text. The real disappointment is the CD's, which unfortunately feature the exposition of Bill Kurtis over the actual recordings. Instead of minutes of actual news broadcasts knitted together with seconds of exposition by Bill Kurtis, we get lengthy introductions by Kurtis with snippets of the news broadcasts. Bottom line: Unique and worth having, but falls short of potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    'We Interrupt This Broadcast' is a fantastic history tool!

    This book is an excellent look back at history. In words, pictures, and yes even the CD's with the radio narratives allows you an opportunity to relive these great breaking events in our time during the 20th Century. I've had this book for a while now, and sometimes I still feel many of the same feelings that I had when these events actually broke. Including Elvis' Death, the Death of Princess Diana, and even the Apollo 13 disaster. I also like the radio clips of the events that are provided for events before my time. Such as the Hindenburg explosion, and the Pearl Harbor Attack. I just recently saw a new updated version of this book. Three new events have been added, usch as the impeachment of President Clinton, the plane crash that killed JFK Jr., and the massacre at Columbine High School. I recommend this book highly to anyone who enjoys radio broadcasts, or even enjoys the history of our century. This book is well worth owning.

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