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The author of The Powers that Be and The Best and the Brightest tells of the dedication, competition and camaraderie of the athletes who represented the U.S. in single-scull racing events in the 1984 Olympics. "Here is Halberstam at his best," PW wrote.
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"Astonishing . . . Moving . . . One of the best books ever written about a sport."
"A PENETRATING, FASCINATING AND REMARKABLY SUSPENSEFUL NARRATIVE."
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.
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."
Like all of Halberstam's books, fantastic. Shortly after reading this book I met a Yale oarsman who rowed with some of the men portrayed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christopher Gorson
As an old college oarsman, who new Halberstam when he was an undergraduate, I was attracted to the book, which I came across after I had read Boys in the Boat and wondered who else... Read morePublished 4 months ago by nothandsouth
Good read for fans of the sport of rowing. Would be great for others as well, as long as they have an interest in the sport. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. MacDonald
All this book is is a description of races- I would only recommend this book to people who row seriouslyPublished 6 months ago by Linda Gracey
Halberstam is a great author, and this is another tremendous book. Since I have been an oarsman myself for many years, I particularly enjoyed and understood the efforts of these... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dale Kratzer
A well written account of young men in quest of a Olympic medal in the 1984 Olympics. The challenge that they faced was to beat out the others seeking to represent the USA in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mike Callahan
I was eager to read this after reading "The Boys in the Boat". This book is not that good. the characters were not at all likeable.Published 12 months ago by Stephen B. Smith