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What we saw
CBS News.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2002]

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143 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 DVD (4 3/4 in.).
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In words, pictures and video, WHAT WE SAW is a unique historical record of the events of September 11th. This unique and moving book records how we learned about this international tragedy and came to understand and survive it. Through still photography, video footage and the accounts of survivors and journalists, the events of that horrific day are brought vividly to life.
WHAT WE SAW is a collection of narratives and essays, with black and white photography, and includes a full-length DVD documenting the event and the coverage from the CBS News Archives.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Assembled chronologically, this anthology of article excerpts, essays and personal narratives econstructs the events of September 11-17 in words and pictures. Packaged with the book is a DVD, a document of events extracted from the CBS News Archives. The DVD opens with Dan Rather and a CBS News special report, including clips of Bryant Gumbel on the phone with eyewitnesses five minutes after the first crash. Among the dedicated CBS reporters covering the tragedy was Carol Marin, who fled the WTC collapse and continued uptown to the CBS News studio, still covered in dust and debris when she went on the air with Rather. Equally memorable is Ed Bradley's lengthy video coverage of the "thousands of volunteers who were drawn by an overwhelming urge to help" in the rescue efforts. Several short pieces in the book are by CBS correspondents, and these abbreviated accounts, edited down and rewritten, are weak alongside the same material on the DVD. The articles and excerpts from magazines and newspapers include standout selections by Anna Quindlen, Pete Hamill and David Grann. David Letterman's September 17 talk with a weeping Dan Rather and the Naudet brothers' acclaimed September 11 documentary were peaks of the CBS coverage, both with huge ratings, and many will be disappointed by their conspicuous absence from this DVD. (Aug. 20) Forecast: No doubt heavy promotion on CBS will help sell this. 375,000 first printing. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Drawn from the CBS News Archives and including a full-length DVD as well as text and pictures, this work reconstructs the events of September 11. With an introduction by Dan Rather. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Bryan CharlesPete HamillScott McCartney and Susan CareyMarian FontanaJohn BusseyMichael Wright and Carl FussmanCaryn JamesHoward KurtzKurt AndersenPete HamillElizabeth KolbertMaureen DowdDavid GrannAnna QuindlenTom Robbins and Jennifer GonnermanManny Fernandez and Darragh Johnson and Neely Tucker
Introduction--Dan Rather, CBS Newsp. 8
Chronology of Eventsp. 14
Transcript of Bryant Gumbel, CBS Newsp. 16
The Numbersp. 20
Jules Naudet, documentary filmmakerp. 22
Transcript of Dan Rather, CBS Newsp. 26
Transcript of Jim Stewart, CBS Newsp. 28
Transcript of Peter Maer, CBS Radio Newsp. 29
Harold Dow, CBS Newsp. 30
Death Takes Hold Among the Livingp. 34
Steve Hartman, CBS Newsp. 40
Transcript of Cynthia Bowers, CBS Newsp. 42
Flying Blind: On That Fateful Day, Two Airlines Faced Their Darkest Scenariop. 45
Transcript of Carol Marin, CBS Newsp. 54
A Widow's Walkp. 56
Eye of the Storm: One Journey Through Desperation and Chaosp. 64
Transcript of Pamela McCall, CBS Radio Newsp. 70
The Way Downp. 72
A Day of Terror: A Critic's Notebook; Live Images Make Viewers Witnesses to Horrorp. 83
Americans Tune in and Stress Outp. 86
Byron Pitts, CBS Newsp. 88
The Inner Strengths of a Vulnerable Cityp. 90
Smoke and Stench Cannot Mask the Strength to Rebuildp. 94
In Chargep. 100
Liberties: A Grave Silencep. 104
Scott Pelley, CBS Newsp. 106
New York Dispatch: Family Roomp. 109
Imagining the Hanson Familyp. 116
City of Ghostsp. 120
Ed Bradley, CBS Newsp. 122
Not Just Another September Saturdayp. 124
Steve Kroft, CBS Newsp. 129
David Letterman interviewing Dan Rather, CBS Newsp. 132
Portraits of Grief, the New York Timesp. 133
Bill Geist, CBS Newsp. 134