David Halberstam made his mark as a journalist during the early stages of the Vietnam War, working as a reporter for the New York Times. His criticism of the war angered American policy makers but established his reputation as a courageous and brilliant reporter, and earned him a Pulitzer Prize. Halberstam was also a prolific and successful author, and focused on a variety of topics including Vietnam (The Best and the Brightest), the American media (The Powers That Be) and sports (The Summer of '49). He was on his way to interview Y. A. Tittle, former quarterback for the New York Giants, when he was killed in a car accident.