David Halberstam

American journalist, historian, and author. Halberstam grew up in Yonkers, New York, and earned a B.A. at Harvard University, where he began his career in journalism as managing editor of the Harvard Crimson. He is known for his Pulitzer Prize–winning reporting on the Vietnam War for the New York Times, as well as his book The Best and the Brightest (1972), regarded as a masterpiece of historical analysis. Halberstam's twenty-two books, mainly about politics and war, also include a novel, The Children (1999), and a number of books on sports, including Playing for Keeps (1999), a profile of basketball legend Michael Jordan, and The Education of a Coach (2005), about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Halberstam was completing the research for The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever (2008) when he was killed in an automobile accident. See also achievement.org/autodoc/page/hal0int-1.