The Children (Paperback)

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In a coast-to-coast best-seller, one of Americas most respected journalists vividly chronicles the early years of the nations civil rights movement through the heroic struggles of the college-age youths who created it. Reprint. *Author: Halberstam, David *Publication Date: 1999/04/01 *Number of Pages: 800 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780449004395
SKU 30457603
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0449004392
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1.5T
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David Halberstam
The son of a doctor and a teacher, David Halberstam grew up in the New York area, went to Harvard, and immediately after graduating went to Mississippi for his first newspaper job--from which he was abruptly dismissed. His second job was with the legendary Nashville Tennessean, where he covered the civil rights movement and learned the craft of reporting from his colleagues. "With all due respect to the faculty," he told a 2005 Columbia University graduating class, ''in the end, journalists mostly teach each other." His experiences in the south eventually found their way into one of his many best-selling books, THE CHILDREN, in 1999. In 1960, Halberstam got a job with the New York Times and was sent to Vietnam, where his accurate reporting upset President Kennedy enough to cause him to complain to the newspaper's publisher (to no avail) and for which Halberstam won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964. After leaving the Times, he embarked on perhaps the most noted book of his career, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, published in 1972, which analyzed how the U.S. got mired in the Vietnam War as the result of bad decisions by supposedly gifted advisors, including McGeorge Bundy, Dean Rusk, and Robert McNamara. | |Halberstam wrote primarily for magazines such as Harper's and Esquire, focusing on American life, and his books include a popular history, THE FIFTIES, and a book on media and power, THE POWERS THAT BE. Halberstam is also remembered for many books on sports, including THE SUMMER OF '49, which chronicles the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, as well as OCTOBER, 1964, on the last days of the Yankee dynasty, and a book on rowing called THE AMATEURS. He wrote THE EDUCATION OF A COACH, a portrait of Bill Belichick, and was working on a book on the football player Y.A. Tittle when he was killed in a car accident in 2007. Those last books may reflect Halberstam's own dedication to the younger generations of journalists by sharing anecdotes and giving advice. In that same 2005 commencement address at Columbia, he advised the graduates to have courage in life and work, and to resist the efforts of others to scare them off: "Never, never, never let them intimidate you."
"Another sprawling book from a master journalist and historian, this one focusing on the early years of the civil-rights movement and some of its unlikely heroes."
"Halberstam's finest work. There's more humanity in this book than in anything he's done."
"...[Halberstam's book has a] driving novelistic narrative and a point of view so close to that of its heroes and heroines...Their adventures are told with such passionate conviction that the reader is transfixed. It is as if Halberstam had absorbed their history into his being and then poured it out as his own."
"This wonderfully rich account of the students' civil-rights movement is crammed with history and humanity."
"Whether he sets out to do so or not, Halberstam succeeds in making the point that history is not just about great men but about great women, great comrades and great comings-together of people who might each have been completely ordinary in some other time or without each other's examples to live up to."
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Annotation Noted journalist David Halberstam worked as a reporter for "The Nashville Tennessean" in 1960 where he got to know eight young men and women who were just becoming aware of and involved in the struggle for civil rights through the workshops on nonviolence conducted by James Lawson, a student at the Vanderbilt Divinity School. Through the experiences of these eight "Nashville kids", Halberstam covers many key battles within the larger struggle in the South and conveys their personal growth and sacrifice. The final section of the book tells what happened to each of the former students after the sixties. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.
Editors Note A remarkable true story of heroism, courage, and faith
Editors Note 2 The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Best and the Brightest, The Reckoning", and "The Fifties" now tells the story of the civil rights movement, as seen through the eyes of the young people--the "Children"--who became early revolutionaries in Nashville in the 1960s.
Editors Note 3 Chronicles America's civil rights movement through the lives of some young people--known as the "Children"--whose courage changed the course of history
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0800
Publisher Ballantine Books

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