The Breaks of the Game (1981), by David Halberstam

It’s easy to see why this book is so highly regarded by so many people “in the know”; it feels like a model of the form, often duplicated but rarely as successful. It’s now SOP for a championship-winning team to have a book or two published about it by beat writers of the team’s local papers, but somehow those always seem like disappointments, ephemeral and utterly forgettable. Perhaps you need someone who is not associated with the game to get a true perspective, to give the game its proper scope in the social fabric. That’s where David Halberstam, reporter par excellence, comes in.

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