April 23, 2007


Pulitzer Prize winner Halberstam killed in car crash (ESPN.com news services, 4/23/07)

David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who chronicled the Vietnam War generation, civil rights and the world of sports, was killed in a car crash Monday, his wife and local authorities said. He was 73. [...]

After years of daily journalism, Halberstam turned his attention to America's fascination with sports later in his career.

His classic baseball book, "Summer of '49," was published in 1989 and chronicled the famed pennant race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The 1999 book "Playing for Keeps" looked at Michael Jordan phenomenon. His most recent work, 2001's "The Education of a Coach" provides an inside look into Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Perhaps it's best we remember him as a fine sports author--he even wrote the only good basketball book--and forget his deeply despicable behavior in Vietnam, which contributed in no small part to the overthrow and murder of our vital ally, Ngo Dinh Diem.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 23, 2007 10:28 PM

So it was that the Christophobic American left turned on Jean Baptiste Diem like a snake after the campaign of the barbecued bonzes.

It was as though the English had abandoned the praying Indians to the native terrorists at the time of King Philip's war.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 24, 2007 2:26 AM

What oj said.

Posted by: erp at April 24, 2007 9:37 AM

The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity by Jill Lepore is a pretty good text on the subject.

Posted by: Bartman at April 24, 2007 10:46 AM

Bartman: Rodger on the Lapore book. As may be expected for contemporary books, it is good on the facts, which are interspersed with obligatory, PC, moral equivalency ramblings.

The point is that King Phillip's War broke out as a result of the violent, Hesperophobic, Christophobic reaction of the natives against their fellows who were actively converting to the ways of the West.

This is very much what had taken place on at the time of the lesser Dolchstoss, the betrayal of the praying Vietnamese. There were two stabs-in-the-back, the first when Jean Baptiste Diem was murdered and the greater when we turned our backs on the Treaty of Paris.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 24, 2007 2:25 PM