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Everything They Had: Sports Writing

Everything They Had Sports Writing 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 c

  • Title: Everything They Had: Sports Writing
  • Author: David Halberstam
  • ISBN: 9781401323127
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 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 than a hunt for giant brown trout it is a story of fishing, friendship, and fellowship These and many 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.

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    1. There are some great stories in this collection, but also a few bad selections that probably would not have been re-published if Halberstam were still alive. He was also more of an insidery New York magazine guy than I realized, which was disappointing. I suppose this is a good book for anyone who wants to know what it was like to eat steak sandwiches and watch the Jets with Gay Talese.

    2. I am a huge fan of Halberstam, especially his sports writing, but this book really disappointed me. After reading his larger opus, I saw all the repetition in his writing -- the jokes, the anecdotes, etc. -- primarily in his baseball writing, some of which were almost repeated word for word. I wanted to be blown away, and I was just mildly impressed.

    3. I love David Halberstam but while I love his focused works in book form, I tend to find his shorter works, which happen to be a bit more personal, a bit dissapointing. I like the writING of David Halberstam but, as I discovered by reading Everything They Had, I might not necessarily like the writER.I've only heard good things about him, don't get me wrong, but Halberstam, as many other reviews on this site have pointed out, has a sort of snobby nature to him which comes with the territory he was [...]

    4. Sports are important because they matter to people. arrogance of powerMemory is often less about truth than about what we want it to be. 126Athletic maturity: sheer ability and willingness to accept responsibility.Torre/Steinbrenner: difference between tough and strongferocious, aggressive intelligence Oscar Robertson: His game was never fancy. In fact, some people compained that it was almost machinelike, as free from mistakes as it was of excess. It was as if Oscar and had reduced it to its fu [...]

    5. I love the writing of David Halberstam. I have read many of his books, from The Powers That Be to The Fifties, from The Children to his two baseball books following the seasons of 1949 and 1964. The man was one of our great writers. That is why I was so disappointed in this collection of,some of his sports writing. Now, in truth, it probably was better than a two star review, but, held against me expectation for writing from him, I was just not impressed. Divided into different sports with a few [...]

    6. A funny thing happened while I was reading this book. I was reading a book of poems at the same time. Several times I set down the poetry, and picked up the Halberstam, and the transition seemed seamless. Halberstam's sentences were rhythmic, complex, vivid. It felt like I was still reading poetry. Almost. So, #1 thing I liked about the book: Halberstam writes beautifully. #2: He has a rare and refreshing broad view of sports. He loves sports (baseball, basketball, football, boxing, fencing, hoc [...]

    7. I love this author. I had the opportunity to meet/have dinner with him back in college and ever since then I have read everything by him that I can. His sports books are particularly good when you consider that I don't even like sports all that much, but I'm fascinated by his writing style and his ability to make the nuance and artfulness of sports come to life. I'm looking forward to this one. Having now finished this book, it is clear to me why I return--time and time again--to a topic that, a [...]

    8. David Halberstam is a delightful writer. I was looking forward to this collection - I was a fan of his columns on ESPN back in the "Page 2" days (RIP), and a couple more of his works are on my "to-read" list. And a couple of the columns - specifically the Playboy story about Reggie Smith playing baseball in Japan and the column about Ali's apology to Joe Frazier - are fantastic. But his work suffers when consumed en masse; a collection like this is not well-suited to his talents, because the tro [...]

    9. Halberstam was a prize-winning journalist and historian for many years, winning a Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam reporting. He was killed in 2007 in a car accident while on his way to interview Y.A. Tittle for his book about football in the early NFL.So one other thing at which Halberstam excels is sports writing, as displayed in this book.A meeting with baseball great Ted Williams in "My Dinner With Theodore". Stories about hard-hitting football intermingle with reflections on fly fishing. An i [...]

    10. This collection left me wanting. Too many of the pieces felt redundant (his dilemma as a Red Sox/Yankees fan & the advent of pro football were each dissected at least 3 times), too many were personal (sometimes I just want to read about DiMaggio without having to hear about Halberstam's first trip to Yankee Stadium), and there were too many about fishing (I don't think most people pick up a collection of sportswriting hoping to read 5 fishing articles totaling some 55 pages). My lack of enth [...]

    11. An assemblage of Halberstam's articles from over the decades that appeared in Vanity Fair, Atlantic, and many others. A great introduction to his writing for those who may not be acquainted. I particularly loved (and somehow missed it when it appeared in the 80's) his article on Indiana high school basketball. It touched briefly on the "Hoosiers" Milan H.S. story that everyone's familiar with. But this article told the moving story of Oscar Robertson and my old school, Crispus Attucks in Indy. I [...]

    12. Another solid book from David Halberstam. This edition contains writings from various publications over the years on three main subjects: pro baseball, pro basketball and pro football. The only complaint I have is the author's love for both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. I didn't know that was allowed.

    13. A great collection of short stories, feature articles and essays from Halberstam that demonstrate terrific storytelling and journalism can go hand in hand. This isn't the sometimes shallow, sophomoric writing you experience with today's sports bloggers - this is when guys like Plimpton, Royko, DeFord and Jimmy the Greek ruled along with Halberstam. 5 out of 5 stars.

    14. If you like sports writing -- from football to fishing to fencing -- you have to read this book. It's a collection of Halberstam's writing from sources like ESPN to Slate magazine. What a writer. We'll miss him.

    15. This was a non-renewable library book, so I picked several articles that appealed to me. I recommend "Why Men Love Baseball," "Sunday, Boring Sunday," and "Ali Wins Another Fight." I will definitely find a time to read the entire book.

    16. I've (shamefully, I now understand) never read Halberstam before, so this collection of sports stories over the course of his career is a great introduction to the writer. As any good collection should do, this gives me the impetus to dig in to Halberstam's work over the years.

    17. for me this book was a disappointment. repetitive, overly boston/new york centric, and halberstam's tone often seems patronizing (e.g. struggling not to sound like an elitist as he sprinkles details from a dinner party with washington power brokers). altogether not a very enjoyable read.

    18. My first time reading Halberstam. A collection of magazine / online articles and essays. I found some to be very self-indulgent, but others to be interesting and incisive. Can see why we has a large literary following.

    19. LOVING this book! The loss of Halberstam was a crushing blow, not only to sports writing, but to the literary world as a whole. To have the abililty to read sports pieces he wrote through the years is an amazing gift.

    20. Fantastic sports writing - I knew I would love the baseball and football stories, but I found the stories about fly fishing, boxing and sculling incredibly interesting

    21. Enjoyable as always, although most of these essays do not measure up with 'Summer of 49' 'The Breaks of the Game' or 'The Amateurs.'

    22. This appears to be an anthology of columns that Halberstam published over the years. It wasn't compelling enough for me to read.

    23. David Halberstam is already missed. The Basket-Case State is a must read for all Hoosiers, and all those who want to understand Hoosiers.

    24. OK, but the collection format leads to the feeling that you've read every article before. His longer sports books that deal with a particular season are more compelling.

    25. Some of these stories are very dated but many are excellent examples of his writings. I especially liked the sculling articles and it might even push me to try the sport

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