David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote definitive annals of everything from the Vietnam War to pro football, was killed in a car crash in Menlo Park, Calif., today. Halberstam, who wrote 21 books, was on his way to interview former New York Giants quarterback Y.A. Tittle when the car he was riding in was broadsided.
Halberstam won the Pulitzer for his war reporting at 30 and soon cemented his reputation in long-form journalism, alternating subjects between history and sports. He was most widely known for "The Best and the Brightest," a paradigm-shifting account of the Vietnam War, and was wrapping up a book about the Korean War when he died.