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The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449910030
Author:
Halberstam, David
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Halberstam, David
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Sports Psychology
Subject:
Boating
Subject:
Athletes
Subject:
Olympics
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Olympics
Subject:
Rowers
Subject:
Rowers - United States
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Olympics
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
104-768
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.02x5.12x.64 in. .42 lbs.

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