Summer of '49 (Paperback)
“Dazzling…A celebration of a vanished heroic age and a ‘simpler America’ ” —New York Times Book Review
David Halberstam’s classic chronicle of baseball’s most magnificent season, as seen through the battle royal between Joe DiMaggio’s Yankees and Ted Williams’s Red Sox for the hearts of a nation.
The year was 1949, and a war-wearied nation turned from the battlefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes. It was a summer that marked the beginning of a sports rivalry unequaled in the annals of athletic competition. The awesome New York Yankees and the indomitable Boston Red Sox were fighting for supremacy of baseball’s American League and an aging Joe DiMaggio and a brash, headstrong hitting phenomenon named Ted Williams led their respective teams in a classic pennant duel of almost mythic proportions—one that would be decided in an explosive head-to-head confrontation on the last day of the season.
With incredible skill, passion and insight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam returns us to that miraculous summer—and to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.
David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians. He covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement and reported for the New York Times on the war in Vietnam. The author of fifteen bestsellers, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam reporting. 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.