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Halberstam's Background Analysis

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Halberstam’s background epitomizes why his reporting and being critical of the war efforts and the administration was such a personal struggle. Halberstam’s paternal grandfather immigrated to the United States in the 1870’s from the Ukraine. At the time he left the Ukraine was a part of Russia and he was a Polish-Jewish immigrant to the United States. He never went back and rarely traveled outside the town in Connecticut where he settled. He had no formal education not even advancing to the high school level. He was able to make a living running a variety of stores including a small dress shop in Connecticut ( ).
Halberstam’s father was a surgeon and his mother a second grade teacher. His father did not take a direct route to
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