Associated Press, in new book, examines its history

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In a neglected vault buried under New York's Rockefeller Center — a hot and musty space with little space between rows of rusted-shut file cabinets — The Associated Press found pieces of history.

The unearthing of thousands of documents, fragments of the 161-year history of the news cooperative, led to the publication of a new history of the AP — the first since the outbreak of World War II.

"Breaking News: How The Associated Press Has Covered War, Peace and Everything Else" tells the stories behind AP's documentation of world events since 1846, from James K. Polk to George W. Bush, the Civil War to Iraq.

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