the greatest reporter of our time, and why we should never forget him

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when he died, exactly 10 years ago in a freak car accident, david halberstam wasn’t remembered as just any other reporter.his peers held him in such high regard, they launched what was billed as an authorless book tour for his last work, “the coldest winter: america and the korean war.”halberstam’s promo squad included investigative icons (seymour hersh, bob woodward), writing masters (joan didion, anna quindlen), a future u.n. ambassador (samantha power) and even the curly-haired, grateful dead-loving basketball legend bill walton.hersh said the tour was to promote the book, not the author.“you don’t need this to keep david alive,” he said.from left, reporters david halberstam of the new york times, malcolm browne of the associated press and neil sheehan of united press international chat beside a helicopter in vietnam during the early to mid-1960s. (associated press)except a decade after his death at the age of 73, it’s rare to hear anyone talking about david halberstam. which is a shame. because nobody told the sweeping story of 20th-century america, of the “macro forces affecting the world and the government,” as the novelist john burnham schwartz describes ......

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