The definitive biography of the most legendary basketball player of all time.
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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"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-best-selling author of George and In the Country of Brooklyn)
It's always great to hear about people you admire from the ones that spent the most time with them. This book was thoroughly researched, and gives an honest look at a complicated man. For better or worse, there was no one else like him. Great book. Highly recommended!
It's easy to forget superstars are humans. This gave great insight on his life and his fight to make it to the top. Truly inspiring for all who strive to be better. Not just in basketball.
Great book for Basketball fans!! Gets deep into Jordan's roots and internal struggles that weren't public knowledge. A great book for info on the man who was 'the man.'
It was good to learn more about his competitive drive, although it didn't exactly cast him in a positive light most of the time.
Narrator has a very robotic voice. Tough to sit through
Too much backstory on his grandparents
I would have like to have heard a voice associated w/ Jordan's era - Costas, Albert or someone of the like.
debatable. Learned some interesting things, but I only finished it bc I'm a little OCD
I didn't care for the narrator's delivery.
None. Just would have liked a different delivery from the narrator
I read a lot...
I would recommend this book to friends who are familiar with Basketball, the teams and the specific games mentioned.
I don't like how he pronounces "WH" in words like "White or What" he sounds like Stewie Griffin.
I don't have one specific favourite scene. I do have one that I don't like. The first section of the book that carries on about his Grand Father. I think it provides some context but I think the importance of the families history was exaggerated in the begging only to become confusing when the book talks about how much Michael distanced himself from his family later in life seeming to down play the importance of everything talked about in the beginning of the book.
Yes, I learned a lot about him but I was disappointed that the author wasn't able to work more closely and have more of his take, more of his psychology, understanding and motives. It is purely speculation as to how Michael actually thought a felt unless Michael was open to the public about it.
"Fascinating...from a casual basketball fan"
I found it hard to listen to this in separate sections and was disappointed that it had to finish. It was a truly fascinating insight into a sporting legend and I was gripped. As a casual basketball fan in my youth, I feared that I might not connect with it but transpired to be a detailed and intriguing account.
"A different side of Mike"
If you thought Michael Jordan was the worlds greatest basketball player, you still will. But, be prepared to feel differently about the man behind the myth.
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