Search Results: "David Halberstam"


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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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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 NOBLEST ROMAN by David Halberstam
Released: March 21, 1961

Angelo Bonatura, a perfectionist in all he did—fishing, turkey shooting, politicking, murder and bootlegging—was understandably put out when his sheriff, the incumbent Big Turk, lost the election to young McCalla the candidate of the "dry" element in the county. Read full book review >

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HO by David Halberstam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1971

"Those interested in a more intensive look at Ho's career must go back to Jean Lacouture's Ho Chi Minh (1968)."
"The higher he rose, the simpler and purer Ho seemed." 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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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 >

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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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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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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 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 >