Hyperion Signs Three Book Deal With David Halberstam

Posted on October 16, 2002

Hyperion has announced plans to publish three new books by David Halberstam. The first, to be entitled The Teammates, will focus on the 60-year friendship among baseball greats Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky, who played baseball together with the Boston Red Sox in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Teammates will be published in June, 2003.

The second, to be tentatively entitled The Coldest Winter, will be about some of the bloodiest battles of the Korean War. The third, tentatively entitled The Game, will be about the 1958 championship football game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts.

Editor-in-Chief Will Schwalbe negotiated the deal with Martin Garbus and Robert Solomon of Frankfurt Garbus Kurnit Klein & Selz and he will be the editor for the books. Hyperion retains world English, translation and audio rights.

David Halberstam is a distinguished journalists and historians. After graduating from Harvard, he started his career working at the Westpoint (MS) Daily Times Leader, the smallest daily newspaper in the state, joining the Nashville Tennessean a year later in 1956 where he covered the early civil rights struggle and then moved to the New York Times in 1960. Shortly thereafter he was sent overseas by the Times, first to the Congo and then to Vietnam, where he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964. His last thirteen books, including The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, War in the Time of Peace, and most recently Firehouse (Hyperion, 2002), have all been national bestsellers.

About the new deal David Halberstam said, "I am delighted to be continuing with Hyperion and to continue a relationship with Will Schwalbe who I have known for twenty years and who is one of the most gifted young people in American publishing. I am very much looking forward to doing all three of these books."

Hyperion, which was founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and non-fiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults and includes the Miramax, ESPN Books, ABC Daytime Press, Hyperion East, Theia, and Hyperion AudioBooks imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of ABC, Inc.

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