Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made

Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made


By (author) David Halberstam

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  • Publisher: Broadway Books (A Division of Bantam Doubleday Del
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 201mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0767904443
  • ISBN 13: 9780767904445
  • Sales rank: 46,446

Product description

Playing for Keeps is the first book to recount Michael Jordan's entire exhilarating basketball career, from his victorious high school beginnings to his coming-of-age at the University of North Carolina under Coach Dean Smith and his triumphant days with the Bulls. But this is much more than a sports biography; David Halberstam uses the game as a prism to illuminate the larger issues -- American culture, race, Society, history -- that shaped Michael Jordan's extraordinary and heart-stopping story. Recounting not only the scoring records, countless awards, and stellar plays in the Jordan lore, Playing for Keeps is also rich with insight into the other personalities surrounding Jordan on the court, from Dennis Rodman to Coach Phil Jackson. Featuring eight pages of historic photographs, Halberstam's in-depth account fully captures the larger-than-life spirit of this superstar and the millions of fans he enraptures.

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Author information

David Halberstam is the author of fifteen books, including The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, The Breaks of the Game, Summer of '49, October 1964, and The Amateurs. He has received every major journalistic award, including the Pulitzer Prize, and is a member of the Society of American Historians.

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"The best Jordan book so far." --"Washington Post" "A remarkable book . . . a must-read for basketball fans, admirers of Jordan, and anyone who seeks to understand sports in America today." --Bill Bradley "The single greatest sports book I've ever read." --Dan Le Batard, ESPN Radio "What David Halberstam delivers--and what the reader has come to expect from Halberstam--is insight, balance, analysis." --"New York Times" "A wonderful book, written by a remarkable journalist." --"Seattle Times" "Halberstam writes the story of Jordan in layers through unforgettable tales of his brilliant career . . . An insider's view of basketball, structured like a sports reporter's private journal." --"Dallas Morning News"

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From The Breaks of the Game to Summer of '49, David Halberstam has brought the perspective of a great historian, the inside knowledge of a dogged sportswriter, and the love of a fan to bear on some of the most mythic players and teams in the annals of American sport. With Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls he has given himself his greatest challenge and produced his greatest triumph. In Playing for Keeps, David Halberstam takes the first full measure of Michael Jordan's epic career, one of the great American stories of our time. A narrative of astonishing power and human drama, brimming with revealing anecdotes and penetrating insights, the book chronicles the forces in Jordan's life that have shaped him into history's greatest basketball player and the larger forces that have converged to make him the most famous living human being in the world.