- Verlag: Ballantine Books; Auflage: Reissue (12. Februar 1983)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0345296257
- ISBN-13: 978-0345296252
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 3,2 x 10,8 x 17,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.561.373 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Breaks of the Game (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 12. Februar 1983
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The Breaks of the Game is sports reporting at its finest--basketball's equivalent to Roger Kahn's The Boys of Summer. Join David Halberstam on his yearlong journey with the 1979 Portland Trail Blazers and witness professional basketball from the inside, where front-office egos, big-money contracts, and the colorful personalities of coaches and players collide, and winners and losers emerge. This insightful account is evidence of how much basketball has--and hasn't--changed since 1979, before the money really started rolling in.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
David Halberstam (1934-2007) was the author of twenty-two books, including fifteen bestsellers. Born in
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Mr. Halberstam won a pulitzer prize for his reporting on the Vietnam War for the New York Times. He has written extensively on the Civil Rights movement and on a variety of aspects about the second half of the 20th century. Mr. Halberstam has the rare ability to fill his pages with well researched information and still have his writing be light and easy to read.
This 450+ page book is ostensibly about the 1979-80 Portland Trailblazers (it was notably Magic Johnson and Larry Bird's rookie year), yet it covers a number of players and coaches from the previous 20 years in depth. It spends a decent amount of time covering Portland's magical 1977 title run and the ephemeral wizardry of Bill Walton. The red-headed center had signed with San Diego before the 79-80 season, but Halberstam covered his progress that season as well. This book contains several 20 minute stories of a variety of individuals, including the owner, GM, coach, assistant coach, stars, role players, cast-offs, hold-outs, rookies and opposing players. The story of Kermit Washington (and Pete Newell) is handled with particular skill.
Halberstam also weaves in his strong understanding of economics, race, the effects of television, and American politics to paint a complete illustration about the state of basketball in 1980. Again, I can't stress enough the absolute mastery of writing that the author possesses. While I refuse to say it is the greatest sports book every written, I am fine with acknowledging that it should be in every conversation.
This is a review of his second basketball book, “The Breaks of the Game,” in which he recounts his stay with the 1979-80 Portland Trailblazers and superstar Bill Walton. The reader is treated to an in-depth look at complex operations, those of the NBA and professional basketball teams, along with personalities, the rise and fall of talent, ego, mind set, strategy of building winners, and the fragility of teamwork. He discusses individual players and their triumph and struggles, millionaire owners and their strengths and frailties, and the constant search for perfection that is never fully discovered.
As a lifelong basketball fan I was delighted to get the inside scoop on the game of hoops. Coaches and players that I’ve followed for years are seen in a new light. Halberstam pulls no punches in his coverage, detailing the development of the remarkable skills necessary to make it in professional basketball, the subsequent fall when talent declines, the wedges driven between players, their coaches, agents and fans with salaries and playing time as the hammers. Halberstam’s writing skills, analytical prowess, and deep knowledge of the underlying psychological and physical makeup of all the participants are carefully and impartially presented in skillful specifics.
David Halberstam was killed on April 23, 2007 in a traffic accident in Northern California. He had just turned 73. The world was deprived of a great and versatile talent. There should be no doubt in any reader’s mind about David Halberstam being the most talented and versatile writer ever. The journalistic approach to his many works, the combination of enormous research, impeccable writing style, and innate intelligence, produced countless best sellers and award winners on a variety of subjects.
In his career he covered the Vietnam conflict for “The New York Times,” for which he won the 1964 Pulitzer Prize, reported extensively on the Civil Rights movement, lived in Poland until he was expelled for being subversive, wrote on JFK’s Vietnam War foreign policy decisions, did profiles on American media giants, wrote about Michael Jordan, about the baseball pennant race between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, about football coach Bill Belichick, about Engine 40, Ladder 35 of the New York City Fire Department in the aftermath of 9/11, and on and on. Believe it or not I’ve read most of his work. He is, to me, “The Best and the Brightest,” the title of his book about JFK.
So, although I’m reviewing “The Breaks of the Game,” I’m also reviewing Halberstam’s amazing career in the hopes you’ll see something else to read after this sports classic. You’ll never run out of topics covered by Halberstam and you’ll never regret reading anything he’s written. I recommend this book and I recommend Halberstam.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
This is the last Halberstam book I will read. I have read just about everything he has written and I was deeply saddened by this death. He has long been one of my favorite authors. But the cadence of his words becomes painfully predictable in this book. I will need a long fast before I can appreciate it again. (less)