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Michael Jordan: The Life | [Roland Lazenby]

Michael Jordan: The Life

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.


©2014 Roland Lazenby (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Shane Lynch Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-01-14
    Shane Lynch Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-01-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Not Enough About Michael"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to friends who are familiar with Basketball, the teams and the specific games mentioned.


    What could Roland Lazenby have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't like how he pronounces "WH" in words like "White or What" he sounds like Stewie Griffin.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was Michael Jordan worth the listening time?

    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.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ray Anthony Pruitt II Charlotte, NC 09-04-14
    Ray Anthony Pruitt II Charlotte, NC 09-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Ok book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I didn't care for the narrator's delivery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Michael Jordan?

    retiring #1


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too monotone.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Roland Lazenby’s life?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    None. Just would have liked a different delivery from the narrator

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    12/1/14
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    "Fascinating...from a casual basketball fan"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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  • jeffrey
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    10/4/14
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    "A different side of Mike"
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    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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