Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan : The Life

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When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: a ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now.

Drawing on personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with friends, teammates, family members, and Jordan himself; and a career in the trenches covering Jordan in college and the pros, Roland Lazenby provides the first truly definitive study of Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 144 x 210 x 41mm | 650g
  • BACK BAY BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1 16-pp 4/c photo inserts
  • 031619476X
  • 9780316194761
  • 7,291

Review Text

One of Amazon's Best Books of the Year: Sports & Outdoors

One of Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2014

A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist: History and Biography

"In his thoughtful, extraordinarily well-researched biography "Michael Jordan: The Life," Roland Lazenby... gives us the life and much more.... The exhaustive narrative of Jordan's basketball career is written with appropriate awe. But what makes this portrayal especially worthwhile is everything else."-Mike Greenberg, New York Times Book Review
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Praise for JERRY WEST



"A superior account of one of American sports' most compelling, complicated figures...by turns, smart, beautifully reported, well-written and psychologically shrewd....Where this book breaks fascinating new ground is in its exploration of West's tormented perfectionism." -- Los Angeles Times

"A thoughtful, serious biography of an athlete both blessed and cursed by talent and a competitive spirit." -- Booklist

"Lazenby managed to make sense of this complex man...West's career and life deserved a book like this. It's highly recommended." -- Slam Magazine
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About Roland Lazenby

Roland Lazenby is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon, among numerous other books. He has spent the past three decades interviewing NBA players, coaches, staff members, and other figures while writing about the league. He lives in Virginia.
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Rating details

5,670 ratings
4.31 out of 5 stars
5 48% (2,736)
4 37% (2,121)
3 12% (668)
2 2% (107)
1 1% (38)
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