The Amateurs: The Story Of Four Young Men And Their Quest For An Olympic Gold Medal

Paperback | May 7, 1996

byDavid Halberstam

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"Astonishing . . . Moving . . . One of the best books ever written about a sport."
*Walter Clemons
Newsweek

"A PENETRATING, FASCINATING AND REMARKABLY SUSPENSEFUL NARRATIVE."
*David Guy
Chicago Tribune
In The Amateurs, David Halberstam once again displays the unique brand of reportage, both penetrating and supple, that distinguished his bestselling The Best and the Brightest and October 1964. This time he has taken for his subject the dramatic and special world of amateur rowing. While other athletes are earning fortunes in salaries and-or endorsements, the oarsmen gain fame only with each other and strive without any hope of financial reward.
What drives these men to endure a physical pain known to no other sport? Who are they? Where do they come from? How do they regard themselves and their competitors? What have they sacrificed, and what inner demons have they appeased? In answering these questions, David Halberstam takes as his focus the 1984 single sculls trials in Princeton. The man who wins will gain the right to represent the United States in the 84 Olympiad; the losers will then have to struggle further to gain a place in the two- or four-man boats. And even if they succeed, they will have to live with the bitter knowledge that they were not the best, only close to it.
Informative and compelling, The Amateurs combines the vividness of superb sportswriting with the narrative skills of a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent.
"RIVETING."
*Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
The New York Times
"[A] MASTERFUL JOB . . . Maintains the suspense to the very last stroke . . . Halberstam makes us care about the four men, their disappointments and the brutal testing of their friendships."
*Dan Levin
Sports Illustrated

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 This superb narrative takes readers into the world of Olympic amateurs who row along the cold and still waters in pursuit of a gold medal. The Amateurs from best-selling author David Halberstam begins with the Princeton sculls rowing competition where the winners will be propelled on to the world stage to represent the Unites States i...

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"Astonishing . . . Moving . . . One of the best books ever written about a sport." *Walter Clemons Newsweek"A PENETRATING, FASCINATING AND REMARKABLY SUSPENSEFUL NARRATIVE." *David Guy Chicago TribuneIn The Amateurs, David Halberstam once again displays the unique brand of reportage, both penetrating and supple, that distinguished his ...

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"Astonishing . . . Moving . . . One of the best books ever written about a sport." *Walter Clemons Newsweek "A PENETRATING, FASCINATING AND REMARKABLY SUSPENSEFUL NARRATIVE." *David Guy Chicago TribuneIn The Amateurs, David Halberstam once again displays the unique brand of reportage, both penetrating and supple, that distinguished his...

David Halberstam was born on April 10, 1934 in New York City and later attended Harvard University. After graduation, Halberstam worked at a small daily newspaper until he attained a position at the Nashville Tennessean. Halberstam authored The Children, a written account of his coverage of the Civil Rights Movement, The Best and Brigh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.99 × 5.15 × 0.56 inPublished:May 7, 1996Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0449910032

ISBN - 13:9780449910030

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Olympic dreams An average story told by one of the best authors of our time, David Halberstam. Nobody really cares about a bunch of rowers and the Olympics, but Halberstam is a writing genius and his ability to make you feel their pain when they lose, feel their joy when they win is inspiring. A most ordinary tale becomes a most fantastic read.
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 This superb narrative takes readers into the world of Olympic amateurs who row along the cold and still waters in pursuit of a gold medal. The Amateurs from best-selling author David Halberstam begins with the Princeton sculls rowing competition where the winners will be propelled on to the world stage to represent the Unites States in the 1984 Olympics. The pressure, the dream and the thrill of victory are just a few of the elements that keep rowers in their sleek crafts day in and day out. Halberstam reveals the true nature of the spirit and the drive that these athletes must endure and obtain, to make it to the podium. The book combines the vividness of the sport and the warmth and endurance of the competitors and delivers a fresh and engaging perspective of the sport and the will of the athletes.