David Halbertstam dead in tragic car accident.
Experienced, eloquent, and always observant (his dim view of Patrick Ewing
being a notable exception), David Halberstam was a journalistic jack-of-all-trades who was probably best known for his stinging indictment of Vietnam
warrior Robert McNamara
's secretary of defense, in the classic The Best and the Brightest
. A superior war correspondent
before the era
-televised revolutions , Halberstam was also an excellent historian and sports writer. Halberstam's dense but
illuminating The Fifties
is an informative and tightly written study on the Eisenhower
era. And The Children
offers a compelling look at eight young leaders of the Civil Rights Revolution.
Moreover, Halberstam's many writings on basketball
(The Breaks of the Game
, Playing for Keeps
) and baseball (Summer of '49
, October 1964
) rank among the upper
echelon of sports books.
posted by psmealey
on Apr 23, 2007 -