Search Results: "David Halberstam"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 1985

"In writing about an arcane sport, the author tells us more about life than we had bargained for."
In this age of the million-dollar amateur, lucrative endorsements, media adulation and huckstering, there is, believe it or not, such a thing as a real amateur. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Given only limited access to his subject (he speculates that the ever-competitive Jordan 'wanted to save his best stuff for his own book'), Halberstam, one of our premier social commentators, still manages to compose a transcendent sports biography."
As astute and objective an examination as we're likely to get of the rise and professional career of basketball and media superstar Michael Jordan. Read full book review >

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

"State-of-the-union jottings that, while sporadically analytic, afford a less than coherent perspective, owing mainly to their limited focus and oddly enervated tone."
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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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1986

"An impressive investment with a rich return: this is first-class journalism all the way."
Another sparkling slab of history as high drama from powerhouse journalist (The Best and the Brightest, The Powers that Be) Halberstam. 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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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 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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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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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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1965

"Perspicacious, pertinent."
This is a book about Vietnam, and for straight, readable reportage, it is beyond doubt the best so far: It is also a book about reporting, specifically the difficulties involved in reporting on so confusing and misunderstood a story as Vietnam has been for so long. Read full book review >