The Breaks of the Game

Front Cover
Knopf, 1981 - Sports & Recreation - 362 pages
119 Reviews
"Among the best books ever written on professional basketball." The Philadelphia Inquirer David Halberstam, best-selling author of THE FIFTIES and THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, turns his keen reporter's eye on the sport of basketball -- the players and the coaches, the long road trips, what happens on court, in front of television cameras, and off-court, where no eyes have followed -- until now.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
49
4 stars
41
3 stars
22
2 stars
6
1 star
1

Great writing, but far too long. - Goodreads
Another good summer reading selection. - Goodreads
It also gives good insight into Bill Walton as well. - Goodreads
Not a world-beater, but very fun+easy to read. - Goodreads
Halberstam is a really good writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Breaks of the Game

User Review  - Alex Timberman - Goodreads

David Halberstan, a Pulitzer Prize winner, wrote one of the most famous and esteemed basketball books of all time. I suppose some of its reputation comes from Bill Simmons, the basketball guy on ESPN ... Read full review

Review: The Breaks of the Game

User Review  - DS - Goodreads

I don't think there is any question that this is the best book about basketball ever written. Well ahead of its time and although there have been many copies since then, The Breaks of the Game is still the best. Read full review

All 100 reviews »

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1981)

David Halberstam was born on April 10, 1934 in New York City and later attended Harvard University. After graduating in 1955, Halberstam worked at a small daily newspaper until he attained a position at the Nashville Tennessean. Halberstam has written over 20 books including The Children, a written account of his coverage of the Civil Rights Movement; The Best and Brightest, which was a bestseller; and The Game and October, 1964, both detailing his fascination of sports. Halberstam also won a Pulitzer Prize for his reports on the Vietnam War while working for the New York Times. He was killed in a car crash on April 23, 2007 at the age of 73.

Bibliographic information