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Martin Schneider writes:

David Halberstam was probably the first serious American nonfiction writer I read, so news of his sudden death in April came as quite a shock to me.

I didn’t become a serious reader until college, but I read Halberstam’s The Breaks of the Game and The Powers That Be as a teenager, and both books had a profound effect on me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a better nonfiction book about professional sports—a subject I cared a lot about at the time—than The Breaks of the Game. The Powers That Be seemed likewise world-changingly important. There are many situations and stories from those books I can still summon at will.

I wasn’t certain whether Halberstam had been published in The New Yorker, but in fact, he was: the archive contains two items by him in the 1990s, one on Michael Jordan and one on Robert McNamara. I don’t know about Jordan, but there probably wasn’t a more qualified person in the world to discuss McNamara.

For all of these reasons, I was glad to see that a group of esteemed writers has volunteered to promote Halberstam’s posthumously published book The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War for Hyperion. The group includes Frances FitzGerald, Alex Kotlowitz, Cynthia Gorney, Neil Sheehan, Joan Didion, and Gay Talese, and the tour kicks off with seven events across the country on a single day. Here’s the schedule:

Halberstam Tribute Tour

Adam Hochschild and Geoffrey Wolff
Portland, ME

Dexter Filkins, Frances Fitzgerald, Leslie Gelb, Lt. Gen.
(Ret) Harold G. Moore, Don Oberdorfer, and William Stueck.
New York, NY

Cynthia Gorney
San Francisco, CA

Anna Quindlen
Milwaukee, WI

Alex Kotlowitz
Chicago, IL

Bill Walton
San Diego, CA

Ward Just
Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Neil Sheehan and Jim Wooten
Washington, DC

Paul Hendrickson
Philadelphia, PA

Nathaniel Philbrick
Nantucket, MA

John Seigenthaler and John M. Seigenthaler
Nashville, TN

Samantha Power
Boston, MA

Joan Didion, Robert McNeil, Jon Meacham, and Gay Talese
New York, NY

More details at Hyperion and at the Emdashes Google Calendar.

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