Monday, April 23, 2007

One of the best, one of the brightest

Journalist David Halberstam was killed in a car accident on Monday. He was 73.

It's impossible to do justice to his work here. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Vietnam in 1964. In 1972 he published The Best and the Brightest, probably his most famous book and one of the definitive analyses of American involvement in Vietnam. More recent books included Firehouse, about New York City firefighters and Sept. 11, and Bill Belichick: The Education of a Coach. An aspiring journalist who read nothing but Halberstam's books wouldn't go too far wrong.

Journalism needs more like him. America needs more like him. He'll be missed.

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