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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.
©2014 Roland Lazenby (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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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By eduardo on 03-02-15

Eye Opener

I loved it! I feel I know Jordan personally. I learned about things I never knew before about Jordan. it took me back to when I started following basketball.

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By Oswald on 07-15-15

Great read !!!

I really appreciated all the rich details that broke down the formula and environment that fostered the legend we know as Michael Jordan.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Konstantin on 10-01-17

Slightly boring

up to now, sometimes, it's like it's like hearing basketball games on the radio. you do not have the feeling that mj is talking about his life

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By Amazon Customer on 09-17-17

a bit boring

i was hoping to learn more about his pychology and why he became a success. heard his story told by Tony Robbins so decided to learn more. if the biography would be written by Tony Robbins i would like it more

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By Vivek dsilva on 10-18-15


Would you listen to Michael Jordan again? Why?

I have been a MJ fan for a long long time and even I did not know the level of competitiveness that this man needs to survive..I have to hear it again because there were parts I could not believe he was human.

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

Preety much every championship he won.

What does Bob Souer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great voice.Somehow it fits in with the 90's timeline.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It left me in awe.

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By John on 10-04-17


Great insight into the way he thought and saw things and where his drive to be the greatest came from.

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