David Halberstam was an American author and historian. Halberstam wrote for the West Point, Mississippi Daily Times Leader and the Nashville Tennessean after graduation, covering the Civil Rights Movement.
In 1964, he won a Pulitzer Prize while covering the Vietnam War for the New York Times. Later in his career, Halberstam wrote three historical non-fiction books on baseball. They are:
- Summer of '49 (1989) on the Yankees-Red Sox pennant race
- October, 1964 (1994) on the 1964 World Series
- The Teammates (2003) on the divergent lives of Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, and Johnny Pesky and reflections on Pesky and DiMaggio's trip to see the dying Williams.
At his death, Halberstam had finished a book on the Korean War and was working on one about the 1958 NFL Championship Game.