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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US; 01 edition (29 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316194778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316194778
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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"A superior account of one of American sports' most compelling, complicated figures...by turns, smart, beautifully reported, well-written and psychologically shrewd....Where this book breaks fascinating new ground is in its exploration of West's tormented perfectionism." -- "Los Angeles Times"

"A thoughtful, serious biography of an athlete both blessed and cursed by talent and a competitive spirit." -- Booklist

"Lazenby managed to make sense of this complex man...West's career and life deserved a book like this. It's highly recommended." -- Slam Magazine

Praise for Michael Jordan "When a world-class biographer writes about a world-class athlete, you have a biography for the ages. This is the ultimate study of Michael Jordan, and I know you will be as captivated as I was." -- Pat Williams, Orlando Magic senior vice president, author of Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret"

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"A superior account of one of American sports' most compelling, complicated figures...by turns, smart, beautifully reported, well-written and psychologically shrewd....Where this book breaks fascinating new ground is in its exploration of West's tormented perfectionism." -- "Los Angeles Times"

"Studded with insights." "Kirkus Reviews""

Praise for Michael Jordan

"When a world-class biographer writes about a world-class athlete, you have a biography for the ages. This is the ultimate study of Michael Jordan, and I know you will be as captivated as I was." "Pat Williams, Orlando Magic senior vice president, author of "Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret"""

"Lazenby's bona fide credentials provide exclusive access to Jordan's inner circle following the DC fiasco to reveal the hapless Bobcats' owner living lavishly while still frustrated with mere mortals." "Slam""

"In his thoughtful, extraordinarily well--researched biography "Michael Jordan: The Life," Roland Lazenby... gives us the life and much more.... The exhaustive narrative of Jordan's basketball career is written with appropriate awe. But what makes this portrayal especially worthwhile is everything else." "Mike Greenberg, "New York Times Book Review"""

One of Amazon's Best Books of the Year: Sports & Outdoors
One of Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2014
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist: History and Biography
"In his thoughtful, extraordinarily well-researched biography "Michael Jordan: The Life," Roland Lazenby... gives us the life and much more.... The exhaustive narrative of Jordan's basketball career is written with appropriate awe. But what makes this portrayal especially worthwhile is everything else." "Mike Greenberg, "New York Times Book Review"""

One of Amazon's Best Books of the Year: Sports & Outdoors
One of Chicago Public Library's Best Books of 2014
A Goodreads Choice Award Finalist: History and Biography
"In his thoughtful, extraordinarily well-researched biography "Michael Jordan: The Life," Roland Lazenby... gives us the life and much more.... The exhaustive narrative of Jordan's basketball career is written with appropriate awe. But what makes this portrayal especially worthwhile is everything else." Mike Greenberg, New York Times Book Review"

"An utterly definitive biography.... The most comprehensive attempt yet made to explain the factors that have gone into producing the most famous basketball player and marketing phenom in the history of world sports....I don't know how it would be possible to write a more complete biography of him." The Chicago Tribune"

"When a world-class biographer writes about a world-class athlete, you have a biography for the ages. This is the ultimate study of Michael Jordan, and I know you will be as captivated as I was." Pat Williams, Orlando Magic senior vice president, author of Coach Wooden's Greatest Secret"

"Revelatory.... A fascinating examination into the lonely, prideful man behind the glimmering icon." Publishers Weekly"

"Roland Lazenby's new biography of Michael Jordan is as breathtaking as a dunk by 'His Airness.' ... A richly detailed, thoroughly researched book.... Lazenby expertly sifts through the myths to produce a definitive portrait of Michael Jordan." Bob D'Angelo, Tampa Tribune"

"Right from its early pages it's clear that Roland Lazenby's biography of Michael Jordan is in full-press mode to be the best volume ever written on perhaps basketball's greatest player.... Lazenby's a born researcher and some serious legwork went into gathering all of the quotes and facts here, which add up to a kind of Jordan-centric encyclopedia." Colin Fleming, The Boston Globe"

"Lazenby's thoroughly enjoyable biography is an impressive portrait of a man consumed by his competitive ambitions. It is also by far the most complete book on Michael Jordan to date.... Essential reading for all sports fans and particularly for those interested in American cultural history and popular culture." Library Journal (starred review)"

"A lot has been written about arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, but Roland Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life is easily the definitive version. The journalist has covered Jordan's career for nearly thirty years and his knowledge of the game and of this miraculous player shows in what is one of the best sports biographies in years." Parade"

"What makes this portrayal especially worthwhile is the long trail Lazenby follows before the awesome career even begins." New York Times Book Review's "Editor's Choice""

"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-bestselling author of George and In the Country of Brooklyn"

"Lazenby looks beyond the on-court exploits of a sports and cultural icon to find the complicated, and often contradictory, man behind the myth." ESPN Holiday Gift Guide"

"Studded with insights." Kirkus Reviews"

"Resplendent... A definitive, multidimensional portrait of a man and a legend, and a notable contribution to sports literature." Miriam Tuliao, BookReporter"

"Lazenby's book is impressive in its research. There are details bound to surprise even the most die-hard Bulls fan." Mike McGraw, The Chicago Daily Herald"

"The definitive portrait.... The dream of the non-fiction writer is to condemn future books on the same subject to irrelevance. It's possible Lazenby has achieved this lofty goal: nothing more needs to be written about Jordan." Adrian Lee, Macleans"

"A comprehensive look at the life and times of the man and the legend.... A great work for any sports enthusiast and B-ball fan to read about one of the best that ever came to the game." Brook Stephenson, Ebony"

"The wonderfully researched and thoughtful story of the six-time NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist, Michael Jordan: The Life, lives up to its hype." Jill Krasny, Esquire"

"Lazenby is one of the best, most thoughtful and thorough people writing books on the NBA today, which makes all his books fascinating reads and great looks at the psychology of teams and great players. His stuff is must read." Kurt Helin, NBC Sports' Pro Basketball Talk"

Lazenby is "the Michael Jordan of writing about Michael Jordan." MSNBC's The Cycle"

"Lazenby's prose soars as dramatically and excitingly as does his subject. Jordan appeared to fly through the air; Lazenby makes time fly as readers immerse themselves in an extraordinarily competitive life. Does any biography deserve 700 pages? When you read Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life you'll be hard-pressed to answer anything but yes." Michael Levin, New York Journal of Books"

"MJ's life is a movie worth watching again, and Lazenby adds enough deleted scenes to add some oomph to the familiar story." Booklist"

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I didn't get to grow up watching MJ. When I started watching the NBA, it was the end of the Jordan era and close to his third and final retirement. The book cleared up many misconceptions about Jordan. He was the fiercest competitor of them all. He made great decisions about his career. But Jordan was human too. He wasn't perfect but he was the Saint of basketball.

One of the best misconceptions cleared up was the overly shared internet memes about MJ being cut from the high school team. He was already an outstanding player at the time.

Great book - I switched between audiobook and kindle edition (fan of the whispersync feature). I felt like I lived through 30 years of basketball history and this is by all accounts probably the best written book on MJ, if you are interested in basketball, success, the mind of a champion or Air Jordan's...

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Great book.
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This is an immensely interesting biography of someone born in 1963 who, at least so far, seems to have lived the "American Dream" in ways and to an extent that few people have. His achievements are several and significant. He was born to loving parents, the fourth of five children, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, and among the most talented and wealthiest of all who have played basketball. Currently, Michael Jordan is principal owner of the Charlotte franchise in the National Basketball Association. In this volume, Roland Lazenby provides an abundance of information and insights about Michael Jordan's achievements but I was even more interested in learning more about the person who achieved them.

As Lazenby explains, "I like to write about competitive personalities, especially those in the NBA. I like to write about their families. Among the zillion questions I had about MJ, I wanted to know where he came from, who the Jordans were. They were moonshiners, making and selling illegal liquor on North Carolina's Coastal Plain. So that's where his hard edge came from, I thought upon discovering who they were. Just about all the farmers and sharecroppers were moonshiners back in the day. That was their cash crop, the one that kept the family fed. They were tough-minded people, just like Jordan himself.

"I've written a book that builds his life from that background. Starting at the beginning, with the birth of his great grandfather Dawson Jordan, allows me to take the reader through the process of his family, his background, and the nurturing of his vast competitive nature. What's more, it's immensely fun to track his rise.
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Exceptionally good biography, and believe me I have read plenty of them. I liked the way how the writer had done his background work, interviewing people, picking up small details but keeping the text fluent.

We get a deep look of Jordan's family and the background of it, dating way back to 19th century, his junior years, playing career and everything after that. We get to hear opinions from his friends, opponents and competitors and the critical voices are not shut down either. We get plenty of examples of his huge competitiveness, his unique physical abilities, his testing of his teammates and his ability to rise to occasion.

Perhaps the only thing I would like to hear about more was Jordan's intelligence and his charisma. They both get mentioned often and with all of Jordan's success both as a player and media figure and I have no doubt both are 100 % true but it would have been interesting to read more examples of these.

All in all however, one of the best sports biographies I have read, right up there with Jack Johnson, The Unforgivable Blackness
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Great book. Covers EVERYTHING about Jordan.
From his ancestors which could explain where his drive comes from. To the off court stories with his family and how Nike came to him.
His success on the baseball court in his early years, his relation with his brother Larry and of course his basketball ascension from high school to the NBA.

Cant recommend it enough to anyone who is interested about Michael Jordan.
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It has a lot of new info on MJ, especially on his family roots and personal life but is not that well written like Playing for keeps which also covers better his basketball career.
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I always wanted to find a definitive book on the the exploits of MJ and this is it. What comes through is that Jordan was a relentless competitor both on and off the court which sometimes was to his own detriment. Historically looking back what he achieved was phenomenal. Mr Lazenby captures his life perfectly and also attributes plenty of kind words to Jordan's Mother who help steered him down the right path as much as she possibly could.

Must Read!
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