Consummate reporter, writer to speak
Halberstam headlines Baird Lecture


David Halberstam, a Pulitzer-winning writer and reporter, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in McCrary Theatre as part of the Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture series. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam's last 13 books have made the New York Times best-seller list.

One of his latest books, "War In A Time Of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals" (Scribner, September 2001), revealed how post-Cold War U.S. foreign policy has been haunted by the legacy of Vietnam - and how domestic politics have determined our role as a world power. His classic works include the brilliant trilogy of power, "The Best and the Brightest" (about the origins of the Vietnam War), "The Powers That Be" (about the quantum rise in power of the modern media) and "The Reckoning" (about the industrial challenge to Detroit by Japan). In a Wall Street Journal poll of CEO's, "The Reckoning" was voted Most Important Book of the Year. His follow-up was "The Next Century," an analysis of global economic change.

Halberstam is one of the nation's most distinguished social and political commentators. Because of the broad nature of his books, he is seen by many as someone who can define and illuminate the rapid changes in American society beyond today's headlines and sound bites. A recipient of 16 honorary degrees, perhaps no other American writer has so meticulously and prophetically defined the second half of the 20th century.

Halberstam's "The Fifties" is an expansive examination of a defining but under-scrutinized era in American life. It was made into a 10-part series by The History Channel. "The Children" introduced readers to the students whose 1960 boycott of a southern lunch counter focused national attention on the issue of segregation. Halberstam's exploration of American culture is seen in his many bestselling sports books, including "The Summer of '49," "October 1964" and "Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made." He is also a regular columnist for's Page 2, where he writes bi-weekly columns on various topics surrounding the world of sports.

Halberstam's penetrating commentary has been sought by numerous programs, including "Face the Nation" and "Nightline," on subjects as diverse as the presidency, Vietnam, changes in the media, the influence of Elvis Presley, the Gulf War and the business of baseball.

His latest national best seller is "Firehouse," a moving portrait of the brave men of Engine 40, Ladder 35 in Manhattan, which lost 12 of its 13 firefighters in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11.



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