Summer Of '49

Paperback | May 9, 2006

byDavid Halberstam

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With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize–winningauthor David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.

The year was 1949, and a war-weary 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.

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With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize–winningauthor David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.The year was 1949, and a war-weary nation turned from the battlefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes. It was a summer that m...

David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians. He covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement and reported for theNew York Timeson 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, w...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.86 inPublished:May 9, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060884266

ISBN - 13:9780060884260

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Old Time Baseball with Great Stories If you love baseball, especially reading about old timers and watching movies like the Natural, you will love this book. It's about the pennant race between the rival Yankees and Red Sox. So many stars on those teams. The book highlights so many great personalities including many players you might have never heard about before. The drinking, carousing and other stuff that goes on is very interesting. It's a behind the scenes look at these teams and is much more about the people than the sport really. A great read.
Date published: 2013-05-21

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"Dazzling...A celebration of a vanished heroic age and a 'simpler America.'" (The New York Times Book Review)