Search Results: "David Halberstam"


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DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 1998

"A powerful account of a critical time in American history, related in both close-up and wide view."
Another sprawling book from a master journalist and historian (The Fifties, 1993, etc.), this one focusing on the early years of the civil-rights movement and some of its unlikely heroes. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 1991 by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1991

"In the meantime, modest pleasures aplenty for fans of all seasons."
A uneven but generally engaging collection featuring two dozen examples of American sportswriting, which the publisher projects as the first in an annual series. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1972

"Halberstam's conclusions are not original—see Daniel Ellsberg's 'Stalemate Machine' fueled by the 'lesson of China' in Papers on the War—but his ability to interrelate the decisions and the policy-making processes with the makers' personalities and intellectual biases results in a tour de force of contemporary political journalism."
James Thurber once remarked that "we live in a time when in the moth-proof closet dwells the moth." Read full book review >

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FIREHOUSE by David Halberstam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2002

"Fine work that will leave most readers with even higher esteem for firefighters."
Peeled emotional energy characterizes this portrait by Halberstam (War in a Time of Peace, 2001, etc.) of a firehouse that lost 12 of 13 men in the initial response to the World Trade Center attack. Read full book review >

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THE NEXT CENTURY by David Halberstam
Released: Feb. 20, 1990

A short (224-page) series of low-key essays that offer random reflections on America's recent past rather than any systematic appreciation of what's in store for the country. Read full book review >

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ONE VERY HOT DAY by David Halberstam
Released: Jan. 15, 1967

"Perhaps with strong promotion and Literary Guild selection."
This spends One Very Hot Day in Vietnam (Halberstam, it will be remembered, wrote The Making of a Quagmire-1965) with a small unit as the war "gets steadily a little older and uglier"; with Captain Beaupre, whose combat fatigue shows in a nervous thirst; with Negro Big William, a real swinger with a lust for the life he loses before he fires a shot; with Anderson, attractive, competent, motivated; and with Vietnamese Lieutenant Thuong who knows that "we are not an easy people to save." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Another memorable slice of 20th-century history, measuring up to such earlier Halberstam classics as The Best and the Brightest (1972) and The Powers That Be (1979)."
The master journalist's 21st and final book: a magisterial account of the Korean War. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Excellent, as is Halberstam's custom, and instructive for those seeking to understand geopolitical realities."
Another weighty tome from the noted journalist and historian, this one chronicling the sometimes confused, always complex junction of foreign policy and military might. Read full book review >

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THE FIFTIES by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"Compulsively readable, with familiar events and people grown fresh in the telling."
In The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, and The Reckoning, Halberstam proved that he can master intimidating subjects with aplomb—and in this massive tome on a convulsive decade in American life, he meets with equal success. Read full book review >

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THE UNFINISHED ODYSSEY OF ROBERT KENNEDY by David Halberstam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 1968

"Halberstam mourns him."
The Pulitzer prize-winning newsman's analysis of Kennedy's ideological journey toward "increasing radicalism" and a personal account of his subsequent successes (and single major defeat) along the campaign trail. Read full book review >

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THE TEAMMATES by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 2003

"A string of pearly anecdotes that reverberate far beyond the diamond."
Affectionate, informed, and smooth-as-cream portrait of four Boston Red Sox greats and their abiding friendship over many years. Read full book review >