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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University July 25, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 40
'9/11 Report' Proceeds Go to SAIS Fellowships

Publisher Norton donates $200,000 each to Hopkins and two entities at NYU

W.W. Norton & Co., the New York-based firm that served as publisher of the authorized edition of The 9/11 Commission Report, has donated $200,000 from the book's proceeds to establish an annual fellowship at Johns Hopkins' Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Norton also has awarded gifts of $200,000 to New York University's Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response and to the International Center for Enterprise Preparedness, a project within CCPR.

Jessica Einhorn, dean of SAIS, said, "The 9/11 Commission Report donation will offer substantial and enduring support in preparing our students to become leaders in one of the most crucial areas of international relations."

The Norton-9/11 Fellowships in International Relations will be awarded annually, in perpetuity, to two SAIS students. To be eligible to receive this partial tuition award, each student must have stated his or her firm intention to pursue a career that promotes international understanding between the United States and other countries and works toward the goal of preventing terrorism. Whenever possible, one of the students will be from the United States and the other from abroad.

In announcing the gifts to SAIS and NYU last week, W. Drake McFeely, Norton's president, said, "We were deeply honored to have been selected by the 9/11 Commission as the authorized publisher of the report. When we undertook the report's publication, we did so in a spirit of public service, fully aware that we would shoulder a financial commitment unprecedented for this firm and were unlikely to recover all our expenses. Instead, because of the overwhelming response to the report, we find ourselves in the privileged position of being able to make voluntary donations that, we believe, are broad in scope, aim to serve the interests of all Americans and carry forward the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission."

The authorized edition of The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was published in trade paperback by W. W. Norton & Co. on July 22, 2004, at the time of the 9/11 Commission's release of its report in a nationally televised news conference. Norton, the nation's largest independent, employee-owned book publishing firm, had less than a week to arrange for more than 500,000 copies to be printed and express shipped to bookstores nationwide. The authorized edition with index was published in hardcover by Norton on Sept. 7, 2004. To date, the report has sold more than 1 million copies.

Norton was selected from among competing publishers based on its commitment to adhere to specific criteria in releasing the book: affordability (an unusually low list price of $10 for the 592-page trade paperback); accuracy (Norton pledged to publish exactly what the commission wrote, with no additions, deletions or editorial changes of any sort); availability (nationwide distribution simultaneous with the commission's release of its report); and longevity (Norton's president has pledged "to undertake whatever steps are necessary to ensure that this historic document is available to the American public for generations").

The commission received no advance payment, income or royalties from Norton, and Norton received no money from the commission.


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