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)
If you were a sports fan in the 80's and 90's, or even if you just have an interest in Michael, you will not be thrilled with this book. Packed with details that begin with his family line 2-3 generations before his birth, the story still moves at a pace that never feels slow. Not even close. It was almost like watching one of Michael's legendary playoff performances on TV, every minute of it, with Marv Albert providing game commentary and Ahmad Rashad adding sideline stories. When it ended, I was satisfied, more than satisfied, but I wanted more. Ultimately, despite the author hardly holding back on sharing Michael's missteps and foibles in his illustrious life, I felt a surge of inspiration, appreciation, and desire to keep rooting for an athlete who I realized was so much more than that to me throughout my own life. Not to mention, the closest thing the sports world will ever see to a human superhero. EXCELLENT BOOK.
I think I wanted to kick myself listening to the voice of this book Sounded like a damn robot, no heart, no point and no enthusiasm coming from the reader. I couldn't get through the pro log I skipped it and went to chapter 1 and it wasn't any better. Such a shame as I was looking toward to this. I'm not one for writing reviews but u had to warn you before you waste your money or credits... Proceed with caution that this is a very bad voice reading it
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
Endurance adventurer and IT solution architect at big corporate company
In Lithuania we have one simple sentence when we talking about basketball - "Basketball is second religion in Lithuania". This sentence presents how deep all Lithuanian guys are related to this sport. Basketball we play all time in schools, courtyard, free time or at university. I grow with this idea and we all have tray to copy some specific technique of best basketball players - Arvydas Sabonis (Lithuania basketball star of all times) and Michael Jordan.
Till this book I don't had any understanding how this great player live, what problems his had - I know simple thinks - Nike, Air Jordan, Last shoot, Chicago Bulls v Utah Jazz and etc. But nothing which related with MJ inside, young days, school, College and etc. All story with baseball, father murdering, some MJ attitude regarding game, training, free time, team friends and of course a lot of interesting thing about gambling. This book definitely recommended for basketball fans and of course for all which grow up together with Chicago Bulls team and all 6 finals which MJ win.
I enjoyee every moment of this book. What a well researched and detailed account. It'll be hard to read a better book than this one.
Beautifully written story of the man who changed the NBA. His successes as a player is less than half the story, with his many personal struggles off the court revealing he is indeed human like the rest of us.
"A great insight into a great man"
A great read even if you don't know much about basketball . It gives real insight into Mr Michael Jordan the legend . Recommended.
A deep felt look into any through the life of Michael Jordan. There were times of give up and walk away. I have gained a new respect for Brother Mike.
"Too much focus on games, stats with less of JORDAN"
I was hesitant to read this book when others mentioned it's too long winded but I give it a chance anyway and boy am I disappointed - there's so much basketball lingo and focus on eating every basketball game it over padded this book completely this could have been 3/4 the length and more interesting if it focused on Jordan as a man and his food processors and him himself this was a serious chore and ridiculously long - some parts were admitted me interesting but they were far and few between this is way too long way too long and not recommended 4 Non Diehard basketball fans not Jordan fans basketball fans in general cause this book covers too much other stuff when it should be focused on Jordan
"Disappointing, got so bored i stopped listening."
I got around half way through but just couldn’t get in to it. There was too much about his ancestors, and too much unnecessary info on stats and scores on a tonne of games Michael had played in. All of this dragged out the book for too long, even though there were some interesting parts mixed in that did hold my attention about his life outside of basketball. If you are not a massive basketball fan like myself I think you will be disappointed.
Agree with what another reviewer put, like a robot. Did my head in!
I can’t comment on the second half but if its anything like the first, this one is 100% worth saving your money or credits on.
"brilliant. very enjoyable and insightful"
Really got into the detailed biography. very long winded beginning about his ancestors though. Could have done without that part
"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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