And Now He's Dead: David Halberstam

David Halberstam, who died yesterday in an auto accident at the age of 73, will be forever linked to the reporting he did as a young journalist in Vietnam. He was one of the first reporters to note the intractability of that conflict, as well as the corruption of U.S.-backed South Vietnamese government. For this he earned both the scorn of at least one administration and the Pulitzer Prize. He left the Times somewhat acrimoniously and began a full-time career as a nonfiction writer.

From the New York Times of Sunday, January 26, 1964.

And Now He's Dead: David Halberstam


Among his best known books are The Best and the Brightest, about the architects of the Vietnam disaster, The Powers That Be, about the media, and a ton of titles about baseball. Our Emily Gould, who knew him slightly when she was at Hyperion, notes that he was universally beloved: "He knew every copy editor's name, he made no class distinctions, and was unfailingly polite—and funny—with everyone." His style could be overly enthusiastic (Garry Trudeau affectionately drew him as a reporter worshipping at the altar of reporters in a series of "Doonesbury" strips) but he will deservedly be remembered as a legend in that profession.

David Halberstam, 73, Reporter and Author, Dies [NYT]