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Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made by [Halberstam, David]
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4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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One of the finest non-fiction writers in any line-up, Halberstam likes to alternate what he's deemed his serious work--books like The Best and the Brightest, The Fifties, and The Children--with his sporting interludes, though in his hands, sports are much, much more than fun and games. Books like The Breaks of the Game and October 1964 use sports as a prism. Culture, race, society, and history are all filtered through it, and Halberstam refocuses--and interprets--what comes out the other side.

That he would now turn his considerable abilities to exploring Michael Jordan is not surprising. Halberstam loves hoops, and Jordan not only defines the game, he defines an era. His fame crosses international borders as easily as he dribbles past half-court lines. In focusing on Jordan--as athlete and force of nature--and his osmosis from a young hoop dreamer to product pitchman to the world, Halberstam is really examining intangibles like myth and legend, celebrity and fame, wealth and image, excellence and genius, race and style, the qualities of heroism and the pursuit of perfection. "That there had been even one Michael Jordan seemed in retrospect something of a genetic fluke," he writes, "and the idea that anyone would arrive in so short a span of time and do what he did both on and off the court seemed highly unlikely." But the phenomenon that is Jordan did just that.

Understanding, even admiring, what he did, how he did it, and what it means in a basketball context and a larger one is Halberstam's goal, and, despite Jordan's lack of cooperation--or maybe because of it--Halberstam's muscular prose and thinking scores powerfully. Yet, there is a wistfulness, in the end, to Playing for Keeps; the game doesn't seem as much fun and collegial as it used to for Halberstam, and Jordan, great as he may be, emerges with less of the historic grace exhibited by Jackie Robinson, Ali, and Arthur Ashe than with a quality that Halberstam deems the athlete-explorer "in terms of going beyond previously accepted limits of what was humanly possible, and somehow by dint of physical excellence and unmatched willpower, pushing those limits forward that much more." Dazzling, certainly, but not necessarily heroic. Playing for Keeps is also available on audiocassette. --Jeff Silverman

Review

" The best Jordan book so far."
--"Washington Post"
" A remarkable book . . . a must-read for basketball fans, admirers of Jordan, and anyone who seeks to understand sports in America today."
--Bill Bradley
" The single greatest sports book I've ever read."
--Dan Le Batard, ESPN Radio
" What David Halberstam delivers--and what the reader has come to expect from Halberstam--is insight, balance, analysis."
--"New York Times"
" A wonderful book, written by a remarkable journalist."
--"Seattle Times"
" Halberstam writes the story of Jordan in layers through unforgettable tales of his brilliant career . . . An insider's view of basketball, structured like a sports reporter's private journal."
--"Dallas Morning News"

"The best Jordan book so far."
--"Washington Post"
"A remarkable book . . . a must-read for basketball fans, admirers of Jordan, and anyone who seeks to understand sports in America today."
--Bill Bradley
"The single greatest sports book I've ever read."
--Dan Le Batard, ESPN Radio
"What David Halberstam delivers--and what the reader has come to expect from Halberstam--is insight, balance, analysis."
--"New York Times"
"A wonderful book, written by a remarkable journalist."
--"Seattle Times"
"Halberstam writes the story of Jordan in layers through unforgettable tales of his brilliant career . . . An insider's view of basketball, structured like a sports reporter's private journal."
--"Dallas Morning News"

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1732 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AEGIGFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #375,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer on 6 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
because everything about it is so detailed, from his rise to fame at chapel hill to his final shot, it's a masterpiece all in one
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This is a well researched, well written book on sports and the "Jordan" era. I don't feel Halberstam missed anything in the way of information and commentary on the game. Not being an avid basketball fan, I learned a great deal about professional sports and the pursuit of excellence. Too bad for those who came away from this read without gaining any insight into what it takes to be great. The author is a true investigative reporter, intelligent and thorough. Unfortunately, today all it takes to be thought of as great is the right "look" and a flare for writing tabloid type articles.
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In "Playing For Keeps," David Halberstam tries to shed light on the character of Michael Jordan. On balance, he fails. Somewhere in the middle, the book becomes a descriptive laundry list of Michael Jordan's accomplishments. Any attempt to analyze Michael Jordan the person or his domination of American culture disappears. Mr. Halberstam succeeds though in examining the early part of Jordan's life. His family was strikingly middle class in outlook. His father, James Jordan, was a retired Air Force mechanic and then later a mechanic at General Electric. His mother wanted to see all of her children excel--not just succeed. Yet, in all the reporting about Michael's relationship with his father, we learn little about Mrs. Jordan. It is never clear whether theirs was a good marriage and what effect their relationship had on young Michael Jordan. Halberstam, at times, gets good tidbits of information. First, Michael learned to play with his tongue sticking out as a child. He imitated his father who would work on machines with his tongue sticking out. Second, had Larry Jordan, Michael's older brother, grown past 5'9" he would be an NBA star too. Their sibling rivalry was intense and, at times, brutal. With Larry, Halberstam allows us to see flashes of a future, intensely competitive, Michael Jordan. The most critical and significant contribution Halberstam makes is explaining Jordan's rise to greatness. Yes, he was cut from his high school basketball team because he was considered too short for the varsity. That was his last professional setback besides a year playing minor league baseball. That same year, however, the junior varsity team drew larger crowds than the varsity. By his senior year, few knew about Jordan on the national stage.Read more ›
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David Halberstam scores again with another superb book about achieving excellence in sports and in life. Michael Jordan's rise to becoming the globally preeminent athlete of his time is chronicled in Halberstam's engaging style that places Jordan's career in the context of the American and worldwide sports entertainment business. Blessed with extraordinary skills, Jordan drove himself to excel and dominate his sport through willpower and a work ethic that is a model for all. Halberstam's chapter on "Michael Jordan's coming out party", his record 63 point April 20, 1986 playoff game against the Boston Celtics brought back a vivid memory for me, as I was privileged to be in attendance to witness what Larry Bird described as "God disguised as Michael Jordan". I attended that game with Don Mitchell, one of the authors of another new book, "The 2000 Percent Solution", which has many insights to help us mere mortals focus our thinking to attain exponential success. Read "Playing for Keeps" for the sheer enjoyment of reliving Michael Jordan's career and of regaining some faith in athletes as role models.
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A great book. This book leads you into MJ's past. I recommend that every basketball fan should have this at home. I use to think that Larry Bird and Magic were the best when they came into the league put they were just puppies compared to Jordan (big dog). I was a die hard Celtic fan and watched Bird in his prime. Jordan was 100 times better. It hurts to say but it's the truth. Magic, Bird were fun to watch though. Wilt should also buy this book.
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David Halberstam, a great writer, has brought to life the story of the greatest athlete of all time, Michael Jordan. From Michael's youth, when he used to compete against his brother Larry, to being cut from his high school team, through the regimentation of Dean Smith and the University of North Carolina, Mr. Halberstam goes deep into the life of Michael Jordan and helps explain how this amazing individual brought professional basketball to what it is today. A fascinating account of all aspects of sport, it is timely reading now that the lockout has ended and the NBA tries to figure out which of its wunderkinds will be the next Air Jordan. I recommend any parent with a child, boy or girl, should read this book and underline the highlites to impress upon their children of the necessity of hard work, perserverance and just being a nice guy. Thank you Michael. We will miss you.
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By A Customer on 9 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you are a basketball fan and simply want some some more information into to the life and times of Jordan, enjoy this breezy read. But if you expecting Halberstam's usually articulate and excellent insights into American life as seen through Jordan's life, you will probably be disappointed. As much as I admire Halberstam, his efforts here belong in the ABA.
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