One of the most popular and imitated nonfiction writers around, David Halberstam wrote books that fused narrative storytelling with investigative reporting. The result: stories that hummed with energy and authority and reads as well as -- if not better than -- some novels.
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Date of Birth:
April 10, 1934
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Date of Death:
April 23, 2007
|Place of Death:
San Francisco, California
B.A., Harvard, 1955
Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, 1964
|The Daily Lives of Heroes|
The acclaimed historian took a day-by-day look at the brave firefighters who operate out of the Engine 40, Ladder 35 firehouse in his Manhattan neighborhood. How did the terrible -- and heroic -- events of September 11, 2001, affect those who answered the call for help? Halberstam brought the reader right into the action as only he could.
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|Halberstam at Work|
|Halberstam’s writing routine was as strenuous and disciplined as that of any of the athletes he wrote about. To sustain his steady output of extensively researched, almost-always-massive books, he allowed no unscheduled interruptions: “Most of us who have survived here [New York] after a number of years have ironclad work rules. Nothing interrupts us. Nothing,” he once wrote in The New York Times. “We surface only at certain hours of the day.” |
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|Summer of '49|
When he wasn't writing about politics and business, Halberstam chronicled the glories and tragedies of athletes -- from baseball and basketball to the whole world of games Americans play.
The Amateurs surveyed the attempts of four American athletes to succeed in the pusuit of an Olympic gold medal in rowing."[A] masterful job... Maintains the suspense to the very last stroke. Halberstam makes us care about the four men, their disappointments, and the brutal testing of their friendships," raved Dan Levin in Sports Illustrated.
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