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    DescriptionMore than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves. The New York Times bestseller, now with a new introduction! "The Breaks of the Game" focuses on one grim season (1979-80) in the life of the Bill Walton-led Portland Trail Blazers, a team that only three years before had been NBA champions. The tactile authenticity of Halberstam's knowledge of the basketball world is unrivaled. Yet he is writing here about far more than just basketball. This is a story about a place in our society where power, money, and talent collide and sometimes corrupt, a place where both national obsessions and naked greed are exposed. It's about the influence of big media, the fans and the hype they subsist on, the clash of ethics, the terrible physical demands of modern sports (from drugs to body size), the unreal salaries, the conflicts of race and class, and the consequences of sport converted into mass entertainment and athletes transformed into superstars--all presented in a way that puts the reader in the room and on the court, and "The Breaks of the Game" in a league of its own.

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    The Breaks of the Game
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Halberstam
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9781401309725
    ISBN 10: 1401309720

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.0
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    DC21: 796.32364097
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    BISAC V2.8: SPO004000
    DC22: 796.32364097
    B&T Approval Code: A09302010
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    DC22: 796.323/640979549
    LC classification: GV885.52.P67 H34 2009
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    Hyperion Books
    Imprint name
    Hyperion Books
    Publication date
    17 February 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians. After graduating from Harvard in 1955, he covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement, then was sent overseas by the New York Times to report on the war in Vietnam. The author of fifteen bestsellers, including The Best and the Brightest, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam reporting at the age of thirty. He was killed in a car accident on April 23, 2007, while on his way to an interview for what was to be his next book. Sherman Alexie is the author of many bestselling books including Blasphemy, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, all of which were National Book Award winners. Much of his writing is informed by his time living on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and he is a founding member of Longhouse Media, a nonprofit dedicated to mentoring Native American youth. The author lives in Seattle with his family.