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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
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By TF on 11-26-15

All I Hoped For and Much More

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By pete on 05-05-15

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

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kevin Robertson on 05-31-18

gripping insigjt

a gripping insight into the mind of a true legend. How he thought and the mentality which made him a champion.

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By Vivek dsilva on 10-18-15

Unbelievable!!

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 06-20-18

Meh

The whole book is just a bunch of stats and genric stories about Jordan assembled in sequential order. the author has put effort into assembling this but there's no insight you couldn't get with some spare time and access to Google. I learnt nothing about Michael Jordan that Wikipedia couldn't teach me.

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