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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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 >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING OF THE CENTURY by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1999

"Readers who want to read more will be aided by the participating writers' biographical notes and the list of additional selected notable works and sportswriters."
This fine collection of sportswriting honors the genre's ability to create word pictures not only of athletes and their achievements but also of their individual era. Read full book review >

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OCTOBER 1964 by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A powerful and entertaining examination of the forces transforming baseball, and the country, in a pivotal period in the history of America and its national pastime."
The riveting story of how two very different baseball teams, reflective of the times in America, got to the 1964 World Series. Read full book review >

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SUMMER OF '49 by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1989

"Such unexpected touches—Halberstam's eye for the exemplary detail—help make this a baseball book to cherish."
Standout account of the tight 1949 American League pennant race between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, by the author of The Reckoning, The Best and the Brightest, etc. This is baseball just before its 1950's heyday: radio linked the nation, blacks entered the game, the legendary Yankee/Red Sox rivalry entered a new era as the extraordinary Joe DiMaggio neared retirement and Ted Williams ("the philosopher-king of hitting") stormed the record books. Read full book review >

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THE BREAKS OF THE GAME by David Halberstam
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1981

"No, you don't need to be a fan to start with—but you might be before you finish."
The game is professional basketball, as represented by the Portland Trail Blazers' 1979-80 season—a microcosm, in Halberstam's wide-angle rendering, of the commercialization of all that was once genuine in American life. . . at the cost, often, of human lives. 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 >