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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 138 x 208 x 34mm | 599.99g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • BACK BAY BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1 16-pp 4/c photo inserts
  • 031619476X
  • 9780316194761
  • 7,823

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"Studded with insights." "Kirkus Reviews"" "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"" "Lazenby's bona fide credentials provide exclusive access to Jordan's inner circle following the DC fiasco to reveal the hapless Bobcats' owner living lavishly while still frustrated with mere mortals." "Slam"" 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 "MJ's life is a movie worth watching again, and Lazenby adds enough deleted scenes to add some oomph to the familiar story."--Booklist "Lazenby's prose soars as dramatically and excitingly as does his subject. Jordan appeared to fly through the air; Lazenby makes time fly as readers immerse themselves in an extraordinarily competitive life. Does any biography deserve 700 pages? When you read Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life you'll be hard-pressed to answer anything but yes."--Michael Levin, New York Journal of Books Lazenby is "the Michael Jordan of writing about Michael Jordan."--MSNBC's The Cycle "Lazenby is one of the best, most thoughtful and thorough people writing books on the NBA today, which makes all his books fascinating reads and great looks at the psychology of teams and great players. His stuff is must read."--Kurt Helin, NBC Sports' Pro Basketball Talk "The wonderfully researched and thoughtful story of the six-time NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist, Michael Jordan: The Life, lives up to its hype."--Jill Krasny, Esquire "A comprehensive look at the life and times of the man and the legend.... A great work for any sports enthusiast and B-ball fan to read about one of the best that ever came to the game."--Brook Stephenson, Ebony "The definitive portrait.... The dream of the non-fiction writer is to condemn future books on the same subject to irrelevance. It's possible Lazenby has achieved this lofty goal: nothing more needs to be written about Jordan."--Adrian Lee, Macleans "Lazenby's book is impressive in its research. There are details bound to surprise even the most die-hard Bulls fan."--Mike McGraw, The Chicago Daily Herald "Resplendent... A definitive, multidimensional portrait of a man and a legend, and a notable contribution to sports literature."--Miriam Tuliao, BookReporter "Studded with insights."--Kirkus Reviews "Lazenby looks beyond the on-court exploits of a sports and cultural icon to find the complicated, and often contradictory, man behind the myth."--ESPN Holiday Gift Guide "It's not every day that I'm blown away by a book about a sports figure. But MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LIFE, by Roland Lazenby, ranks up there with the very best: The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger, and Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer. The depth of reporting, his frequent ascent into poetry, and his intelligent analysis of the life of this complicated, fascinating American icon deserve Pulitzer Prize consideration. For the first time I understand what makes Michael Jordan tick. I was captivated, fascinated and beguiled from beginning to end."--Peter Golenbock, New York Times-bestselling author of George and In the Country of Brooklyn "What makes this portrayal especially worthwhile is the long trail Lazenby follows before the awesome career even begins."--New York Times Book Review's "Editor's Choice" "A lot has been written about arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, but Roland Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life is easily the definitive version. The journalist has covered Jordan's career for nearly thirty years and his knowledge of the game and of this miraculous player shows in what is one of the best sports biographies in years."--Parade "Lazenby's thoroughly enjoyable biography is an impressive portrait of a man consumed by his competitive ambitions. It is also by far the most complete book on Michael Jordan to date.... Essential reading for all sports fans and particularly for those interested in American cultural history and popular culture."--Library Journal (starred review) "Right from its early pages it's clear that Roland Lazenby's biography of Michael Jordan is in full-press mode to be the best volume ever written on perhaps basketball's greatest player.... Lazenby's a born researcher and some serious legwork went into gathering all of the quotes and facts here, which add up to a kind of Jordan-centric encyclopedia."--Colin Fleming, The Boston Globe "Roland Lazenby's new biography of Michael Jordan is as breathtaking as a dunk by 'His Airness.' ... A richly detailed, thoroughly researched book.... Lazenby expertly sifts through the myths to produce a definitive portrait of Michael Jordan."--Bob D'Angelo, Tampa Tribune "Revelatory.... A fascinating examination into the lonely, prideful man behind the glimmering icon."--Publishers Weekly "When a world-class biographer writes about a world-class athlete, you have a biography for the ages. This is the ultimate study of Michael Jordan, and I know you will be as captivated as I was."--Pat Williams, Orlando Magic senior vice president, author of Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret "An utterly definitive biography.... The most comprehensive attempt yet made to explain the factors that have gone into producing the most famous basketball player and marketing phenom in the history of world sports....I don't know how it would be possible to write a more complete biography of him."--The Chicago Tribune "Studded with insights." Kirkus Reviews" 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""" Praise for Michael Jordan "When a world-class biographer writes about a world-class athlete, you have a biography for the ages. This is the ultimate study of Michael Jordan, and I know you will be as captivated as I was." "Pat Williams, Orlando Magic senior vice president, author of "Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret"""show more

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.show more

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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 Reviewshow more

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