Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Best and The Brightest

David Halberstam 1934-2007

We lost one of our greatest journalists and writers earlier this week in a car accident. David Halberstam was a sublime chronicler of American history and culture. During his life just to mention a few he covered the failings in Vietnam, the firefighters who died in 9/11, and the friends surrounding Ted Williams' final years. He was one of the best prose writers I have ever read and his two books chronicling the Red Sox and Yankees, Summer of '49 and October 1964, should be required reading for all baseball fans. It was not too long ago that I read his latest (last?) book on the making of Coach Bill Belichick with great pleasure at the insights and depths of such a slim volume . Mr. Halberstam was clearly still at the height of his powers. I would recommend reading him in his own words before reading the links below about him. There is a piece from here on fishing vs. the Super Bowl.

The NY Times obituary is here.

Jim Caple over at remembers him here.

His Wiki biographical entry is here with list of published books.

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