Search Results: "David Halberstam"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 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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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 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 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 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 >