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ISBN: 140132312X
Author: David Halberstam
Language: English
Publisher: Hyperion; First Edition edition (May 6, 2008)
Pages: 432
Category: Miscellaneous
Subcategory: Outdoors
Rating: 4.1
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David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians. After graduating from Harvard in 1955, he covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement, then was sent overseas by the New York Times to report on the war in Vietnam.

David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians. The author of fifteen bestsellers, including The Best and the Brightest, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam reporting at the age of thirty.

Everything They Had book. David Halberstam David Halberstam was a distinguished journalist and historian of American politics. He was also a sports writer.

David Halberstam (1934-2007) was the author of twenty-two books, including fifteen bestsellers. Born in New York City, Halberstam spent much of the 1960s as a reporter for The New York Times, covering the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement

David Halberstam (1934-2007) was the author of twenty-two books, including fifteen bestsellers. Born in New York City, Halberstam spent much of the 1960s as a reporter for The New York Times, covering the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. His Vietnam reporting earned him both a George C. Polk Award and a 1964 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Vanity Fair dubbed Halberstam "the Moses of American journalism," and the subjects of his books reflect his passion and range: war, foreign policy, history, and sports.

Death of a sculler - Horse racing in Warsaw - Sports as a window of social change - A dynasty in the making - Sports can distract, but they don't heal - Baseball and the national mythology - Reggie Smith - The fan divided.

Death of a sculler - Horse racing in Warsaw - Sports as a window of social change - A dynasty in the making - Sports can distract, but they don't heal - Baseball and the national mythology - Reggie Smith - The fan divided - Fenway opener - Why men love baseball -. - The good old days, for baseball owners - My dinner with Theodore (Ted Williams) - Jackie Robinson - DiMaggio's kick - The ultimate gamer - Torre - Perfectionist at the plate - Basketball - Pat Riley - Michael Jordan - Iverson - Harvard Football - NFL - Super.

David Halberstam was, at his core, a reporter, and even when he was writing about sports he was reporting on the world-they were not separate. In a story he wrote as an undergraduate for the Harvard Alumni Bulletin about sculling on the Charles River, the first story reprinted in this book, he also managed to capture a bit of the Cold War fear that was then wreaking havoc upon the postwar psyche. His brief report on Wilma Rudolph’s track squad provided Halberstam himself with a lesson in racial progress, or the lack thereof

Sometimes sports mirrors society, sometimes it allows us to understand the larger society a little better.

Sometimes sports mirrors society, sometimes it allows us to understand the larger society a little better

David Halberstam was a writer of books with serious topics, such as "The Best and the Brightest" and "The Coldest Winter". In between these serious tomes he would turn out some of the best sports writing in the country

David Halberstam was a writer of books with serious topics, such as "The Best and the Brightest" and "The Coldest Winter". In between these serious tomes he would turn out some of the best sports writing in the country. He was killed in a 2007 car accident; this is a collection of some of his sports writing. I'm familiar with his quality as a baseball writer. It's a testament to his skill that he was able to make me understand the fascination that such other sports as basketball, football, fishing and fencing have for their fans and practitioners.

Everything They Had: Sports Writing from David Halberstam.

Even so, because of the nature of the matchups-the difference in the styles of the two teams-this series was in no way disappointing.

Even so, because of the nature of the matchups-the difference in the styles of the two teams-this series was in no way disappointing esembled a clinic, that it was nothing less than the best against the best. A fan can ask no more. Using only five men to any significant extent, exhausted and physically worn down as the series began, the Celtics had to play almost perfect basketball in every area to win, and they did that twice and almost a third time.

David Halberstam (April 10, 1934 – April 23, 2007) was an American journalist and historian, known for his work on the Vietnam War, politics, history, the Civil Rights Movement, business, media, American culture, and later, sports journalism. He won a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1964.

"Sometimes sports mirrors society, sometimes it allows us to understand the larger society a little better. But mostly, it is a world of entertainment of talented and driven young men and women who do certain things with both skill and passion." --David Halberstam

David Halberstam was a distinguished journalist and historian of American politics. He was also a sports writer. Everything They Had brings together for the first time his articles from newspapers and magazines, a wide-ranging collection edited by Glenn Stout, selected over the full scope of Halberstam's five decades as one of America's most honored journalists. These are dazzling portraits of some of the most compelling sports figures of our era, the superstars of popular sports like basketball, football, and baseball, but also fishing, soccer, and rowing, and the amateur athletes who play for the love of the game.

In "My Dinner with Theodore," Halberstam recounts his long anticipated--and unforgettable--meeting with Red Sox legend Ted Williams. Against the backdrop of 1960s Nashville, he beautifully recounts a lifelong love of football in "How I Fell in Love with the NFL." And "Men Without Women," set on a fishing expedition in Patagonia, is more than a hunt for giant brown trout--it is a story of fishing, friendship, and fellowship. These and many more stories exemplify the breadth and depth of David Halberstam's devotion to diverse sports and his respect and fascination for the men and women who play them so well.

The result is an intimate and personal collection that reveals the issues and the ideals David Halberstam cared about--racial equality, friendship, loyalty, and character--and creates a vivid and unforgettable portrait of the author himself. Everything They Had takes its rightful place alongside Halberstam's bestselling sports titles, which include The Breaks of the Game, The Amateurs, Summer of '49, and The Education of a Coach.

Comments:

Simple fellow
This collection of essays from various magazines spans more than two decades. It reflects on fathers and young sons going to their first pro baseball game together. It covers how youngsters become involved as sports fans and fanatics. It explains how a boy can be a Yankees fan, or a Sox fan or even both, and why. It discusses how baseball is suited well to radio, and football to television. Women's ice hockey is given a good analysis. I haven't started the fishing section. Halberstam is very much an observer of people and personalities, many from more than fifty years ago. An excellent purchase.
Benn
Reading this makes me miss Halberstam all the more. This is David at his best writing about something that he was truly at home writing about -- Sports! So, David - Wherever you are, I hope you are making a new audience smile
Blackbeard
Enjoying the wide ranging collection of short stories and articles written by David Halberstam. He has a great style that keeps me entertained. I'm still reading the baseball stories and find them engrossing and entertaining.
Inth
Came in condition described.
Hurus
No author in my experience has the perspective and depth of Halberstam. From the Best and the Brightest classic to 1964 to these other articles, he is without peer.
Jediathain
Halberstam can grab your attention and his series of subjects in the book are varied and quite interesting. A sports fan should find this an interesting and enjoyable read.
Arashitilar
one of America's best authors gives a wide ranging experience in interviews with major sport figures but great stories
on his fishing experiences. A wide ranging and diversified read.
For someone who gained fame and critical praise for his work in the so-called "serious subjects," David Halberstam was pretty good in the toy department too.

Halberstam is best-known as the author of books as "The Best and the Brightest," "The Powers That Be," "The Fifties" and "The Children." These were massive books, involving years of research. Sometimes Halberstam took a break from the heavy lifting and wrote books on subjects in sports that interested him. So along came "The Education of a Coach" on Bill Belichick, "The Teammates" on Ted Williams and his cohorts with the Boston Red Sox in the Forties, and "The Breaks of the Game" on the Portland Trail Blazers of Jack Ramsey in the late 1970's.

The sports books weren't quite as massive, but they were still entertaining. Perhaps Halberstam's joy came through. As a result, Halberstam developed a reputation as something of a "go-to guy" when it came to putting sports events into some sort of context. He wrote a variety of such articles over the years.

After Halberstam died in a car accident in 2007, Glenn Stout -- he of the Best American Sports Writing series, always a favorite here -- jumped into the task of putting together an anthology of Halberstam's non-book writing about sports.

He's done a good job of it. "Everything They Had" sails along nicely, rarely bogging down and illuminating along the way.

These stories are broken into sections by sports, more or less, but there's a better way for our purposes. The best stories often are the ones that Halberstam did the reporting and research himself, not putting himself into the picture. There are terrific articles along those lines on horse racing in Communist Poland, high school basketball in Indiana, and an American baseball player (Reggie Smith) in Japan.

But that's not to demean the rest of the selections. Halberstam had the habit of making a point or an observation that you never would have considered. That made him a fine commentator, particular when it came to the big picture. He was a great choice to write the introduction to ESPN's "SportsCentury" book. But profiles of Dick Schaap, Joe Torre, Pat Riley and Steve Belichick are right on target too.

The book ever so often does suffer from "the way it was" writing, as some of the stories will only be appreciated by a certain generation. (Extra credit, then, to Halberstam for writing a column in praise of Allen Iverson.) The fishing stories also left me a little cold, but that's probably a case of personal preference than a failure on the author's part.

Obviously, those interested in Halberstam should explore his books first. (Don't be afraid to go to the non-sports section of the library or bookstore; it won't bite.) But it's nice to get the other writings of this extremely talented and thoughtful journalist in one piece. "Everything They Had" is a nice contribution to anyone's collection.

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