, that was then, and he's come a long way since. I regret tossing out complete, well-thumbed sets of both guides a few years ago to make room on my shelves.

Posted by: Kevin Roderick at June 15, 2003 11:07 PM

I never read the James Analyst (was out of the country a long time). I know he had some death-struggle with Elias, and I'm sure that poisoned things. But the best of his stuff was always conversational, not encyclopedic, full of cheap jokes and spontaneous essays and spirited attacks on everyone, including himself.

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 15, 2003 11:41 PM

"Teammates" is a bad as you fear.

"The Annual Johnny Pesky Dinner, held annually in Lynn, Massachusetts..."

Ouch.

Posted by: Scott Ross at June 16, 2003 08:37 AM

Halberstam to me is like Sting -- I'm almost afraid now to go check out his stuff that I liked so much when I was a teenager. Summer of '49 or whatever that was was just so stinky, and everything I've read or seen by him since (including his embarrassing pro-Gore speech at the 2000 Democratic Convention) has been so wrong ... I'm scared to revisit "Powers That Be" and "The Breaks of the Game."

Posted by: Matt Welch at June 16, 2003 02:35 PM

I recently reread "The Best and the Brightest" and what struck me was his absolute certainty that he was onto the One True Analysis of Vietnam ... and that he was one of the most gung-ho, pro-Government-line reporters for a few years before he changed his opinion.

Posted by: el jefe at June 18, 2003 01:04 AM

Oi...I'm about to tread in dangerous territory here but I liked The Teammates.

Posted by: Steven Martinovich at June 22, 2003 09:55 PM
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