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The Amateurs

The Amateurs 1

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

by David Halberstam
Paperback
Publication Date: 07/05/1996
5/5 Rating 1 Reviews
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"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
ISBN:
9780449910030
9780449910030
Category:
Olympic & Paralympic games
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
07-05-1996
Language:
English
Publisher:
Random House USA Inc
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
224
Dimensions (mm):
203x131x13mm
Weight:
0.19kg

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5 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Wonderful enthusiasm, perserverence and achievements

    by on

    The real people in this story should be emulated by all young people of today. Ignore the pathetically useless stories such as “Beautiful Boy” now screening. Ignore the drug world. That is NOT achievement. Drug addicts are a waste of space, afflicted by a masochistic desease. They are just the useless flotsam of humanity. Get your adrenaline hit by working well and striving to achieve at any goal. This book is about Rowing which is, for me, an obsession. BUT apply the principles to any feat of endurance. Read about these amazing young men and then strive for enthusiasm and DO something worth while for yourself or for someone else.