- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (April 2, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380710757
- ISBN-13: 978-0380710751
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 173 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,883,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Summer of '49 Mass Market Paperback – April 2, 1990
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With the airwaves saturated with so much sporting choice, it's hard to imagine how, not that long ago, baseball so completely dominated the landscape and captured imaginations. Given the 1949 season that veteran journalist David Halberstam meticulously recreates, maybe it's not so hard after all. It was a season of great public and personal drama for the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, with the conflict finally resolving itself in a Yankee pennant following a head-to-head showdown on the final day of the season. Each team was led by a star of the highest magnitude: Joe DiMaggio spurred the Yankees despite missing half the season with a foot injury; Ted Williams virtually carried the Sox on his back, missing an unprecedented third Triple Crown by mere decimal points on his batting average. Halberstam focuses much of his narrative on the trials of these two individual sporting giants, adding fine supporting performances by Yogi Berra, Ellis Kinder, Dom DiMaggio, even restaurateur Toots Shoor. Both on and off the field, Halberstam beautifully captures the ethos of a more innocent game that no longer exists, played by heroes far more driven by their pride than by their salaries.
About the Author
David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians. He covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement and reported for the New York Times on 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, while on his way to an interview for what was to be his next book.
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They don’t generally write books like this anymore as the reader actually feels like they are in 1949 living and dying with every pitch just as though they were in the stands at Fenway Park or Yankee Stadium. It is for these reasons that I recommend Summer 1949 to the baseball and non baseball fan alike because Hallberstam knows how to write a human story beyond the lines of baseball.
Learning about the inside dynamic of each team during that epic pennant race of 1949 made me feel like I was there; even though I was only one year old that summer.
Mr. Halberstam's writing is highly detailed, but still easy to read and understand.
I have more of his books on my Kindle wish list and I look forward to reading them. I will probably come back to this book and also to his "October of 64" book, just to see if I missed anything from either one.
I only wish that I had discovered his books earlier in my life for the sheer pleasure of learning what Mr. Halberstam has shared with us.
Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in any or all of the subjects he has covered in his career.
"Summer of '49" is about one of the most storied Major League Baseball pennant races in history, between the Boston Red Soxes and the New York Yankees. Baseball was at the peak of its popularity and both teams were brimming with stars and future Hall of Fame players. Halberstam's writing is superb and his love of baseball is obvious. If you are a baseball fan or just love a good story, this one is well worth your time.
As a reader it wasn't that I couldn't put this down so much as I didn't want it to end. I parcelled it out to myself like the best pie, delicious to eat but, when you look down, there's less left; I watched my book mark move toward the end hoping that, nah, when I got there I would be referred to book two, Fall of '49 followed by, of course, Winter of '49. But it did end, I know who won what and I'm not telling. And no fair jumping on a search engine to find out. Buy the book and let David Halberstam voodoo writing enchant you until you want to be in stands completely forgetting that this is history completed. In "Summer of '49" David Halberstam exhumes the time, the place, the people and makes them as viable now as they were then. This is required reading for anyone who admires brilliant writing.