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The definitive biography of a legendary athleteThe Shrug The Shot The Flu Game Michael Jordan is responsible for sublime moments so ingrained in sports history that they have their own names When most people think of him they think of his beautiful shots with the game on the line his body totally in sync with the ball hitting nothing but net But for all his greatness this scion of a complex family from North Carolina's Coastal Plain has a darker side he's a ruthless competitor and a lover of high stakes There's never been a biography that encompassed the dual nature of his character and looked so deeply at Jordan on and off the court until nowBasketball journalist Roland Lazenby spent almost thirty years covering Michael Jordan's career in college and the pros He witnessed Jordan's growth from a skinny rookie to the instantly recognizable global ambassador for basketball whose business savvy and success have millions of kids still wanting to be just like Mike Yet Lazenby also witnessed the Michael Jordan whose drive and appetite are fearsome and insatiable than any of his fans could begin to know Michael Jordan The Life explores both sides of his personality to reveal the fullest most compelling story of the man who is Michael JordanLazenby draws on his personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with Jordan's friends teammates and family members; and interviews with Jordan himself to provide the first truly definitive study of Michael Jordan the player the icon and the man


10 thoughts on “Michael Jordan: The Life

  1. says:

    Michael Jordan The Life by Roland Lazenby I listened to the audio book which was excellent At first I thought the biography was hagiographic highlighting the incredible drive sacrifice and overcoming the odds for Michael Jordan to achieve six rings and transform the NBA into the international franchise it is today It truly is a remarkable story and it was fun looking back on the good old days of Bird Magic the Bad Boys and Jordan's Bulls when the NBA was raucous Jordan has proven to be a financial wizard according to Forbes he's the first athlete to have a net worth of 1 billion I especially liked the first part of the book his background the history of his parents and ancestors But by the end of the book one comes away with a rather negative view of the man a sports junky with no cultural interests self absorbed promiscuous foul mouthed vindictive bitter and always on the run He has paid a heavy price for his fame and fortune I'd give this book very high marks


  2. says:

    In many interviews Michael Jordan often jokes that there isn’t much he can say tell you about himself that hasn’t already been written “The Life” takes you on a journey of Michael’s life dating back to his great grand parents and progresses through his parents life his childhood etcI always find that the most interesting things to learn about a celebrity or athlete are those random stories from a college room mate or the fact that they are afraid of water slight spoiler I enjoy that a lot than the statistics and hard data This book had a pretty even 5050 balance of both sidesAnyone who knows me personally knows that I absolutely love Michael Jordan and basketball that being said it does not change the fact that this book is a hard read and solely for the fact that like i said there are uite a bit of stats which are to be expected in this type of bookDefinitely would recommend to any basketball or MJ fans alikeSee reviews on Instagram UnshelvedEdition


  3. says:

    Fantastically written Lazenby's work was masterful Jordan is every bit as complex and fascinating as you'd expect This bio is akin to Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs in terms of scope and depth


  4. says:

    I didn't think I would read another book about Jordan after reading The Jordan Rules Sam Smith and Playing for Keeps Michael Jordan and the World He Made David Halberstam As Lazenby himself admits in the acknowledgments there are so many books written about Jordan that he has practically has a genre However after reading Lazenby's Reddit AMA I pulled the trigger and preordered the book I don't think there's going to be a better book about Jordan's life and career so holistically While most other books tend to focus on a specific season or specific aspect of his life retirement competitivenessgambling etc — Lazenby does a great job of tying up all aspects of his life He describes Jordan's relationships with his extended family and the yes men in his entourage in the same vivid detail he portrays his late game playoff heroics Lazenby's not a phenomenal writer but he's done his homework Whole most books tend to focus on the historical significance of Jordan's games or on his commercial success as one of the first major African American sportspop culture icons Lazenby focuses the majority of his book on the relationships Jordan had with his coaches family friends other players and the numerous other people whose lives came into contact with himThis is the first book on Jordan to read for any sports fan Thankfully the book comes with an absolutely killer bibliography so you're able to track down any other books if you want to read about any particular part of Jordan's career in detail


  5. says:

    Although I know nothing about basketball like many people I loved the documentary series Last Dance and I became very intrigued by the character of Michael Jordan—and particularly trying to figure out his Tendency So I read this biography which didn't shed much light on that uestion I think Jordan is either an Upholder or a Rebel and I can't tell which What do you think?


  6. says:

    Absolutely thoroughTook longer than expected to read but it was an experience I stopped reading sometimes to watchrewatch games and plays I read about on youtube It's a good tome on Jordan Lazenby was fair and objective Learned so much about Jordan the Bulls and the NBA So well written researched and written People who saw me reading this book would ask me if it was as good as the Jordan Rules first anyone who is a MJ or Phil Jackson fan knows that book is despised second there's a fun plot twist in this book related to that book regarding Jerry KrauseJohnny BachMJPhi Jackson and third SO MUCH BETTER Not even worth comparing the two


  7. says:

    I don't normally write reviews but this one I felt I needed to I'm going to start by saying how informative it was and definitely reassured me of why Michael Jordan was the greatest of all time His work ethic is insane and with the talent he had was unstoppable Also cool how there have been storiesrumours about him over time that were explained which I felt tied things together So overall did good in aspects However I felt this book could've been so much better It felt like the book was written from someone who did an investigation or a trial and presented all the evidence to a jury Less like a writer Lots of repetitive stories and uotes Repeating from other peoples perspectives but literally the same thing over again Lots of info that could've been cut out or cut down extensively For example not to take away anything from the story but his family history could've easily been one chapter but instead lasted several In saying that after all the info he gave I wish there was he said on other subjects and didn't One of my most favorite and inspirational sports stories ever was the flu game He barely talked about it however One guy thought he was sick for this reason another guy thought he was sick for another reason So anyways he played a good game and that's it Or wish there was talk on the dream team Again the author did a good job bringing forth info just could've been done better Because he gave so much info and because it seemed that the writer got every bit info he could I give it a 3 However under normally circumstances wouldn't have been as generous


  8. says:

    Weird to say that a book this big feels short but that is definitely the feeling I got The book tells a good synopsis of Jordan’s life yet I never feel like anything is given the appropriate amount of depth So many aspects of Jordan can be explored in entire books and many have that I can see the challenge in condensing all that into a single book However many important events seemed to be skimmed over and rushed through I think what anyone reading about Jordan wants to know is where his drive comes from What made him into an obsessive competitor? The author tries to find that answer in Jordan’s father but it doesn't feel like he commits to it fully Also there are constant overtures to personal struggles in Jordan’s life such as his parent’s divide over time or his own divorce yet they never get explored to my satisfaction Overall the writing style is enjoyable and I rarely ever felt bored It’s a fast read for such a big book so don’t feel intimidated I’d say this is a good starting off point in the life of Jordan and for those that crave depth and nuance can choose one of the several other Jordan books to scratch that itch


  9. says:

    Michael Jordan The Life is easily one of the best books I’ve ever read It starts all the way from Michael Jordan’s great grandfather and talks all the way up through Michael Jordan’s life and his basketball career As explained by Roland Lazenby “Michael Jordan books are as common as internet cat videos” but Lazenby’s book is still different from all the others and in my opinion better Normally I don’t have the commitment to read a book that is any than 250 pages because I will get bored too easily and give up Although this book was almost 700 pages long I couldn’t stop reading it I learned so much about Michael Jordan that I never realized ever happened I also found this book to be very inspiring Most basketball players look up to Michael Jordan but if one is to ever become like him at all they need to learn what drove him to do the things he did and I really enjoyed seeing the way Michael’s mind worked I always thought of Michael as this easy going friendly player who just had a ton of talent and to some point that is true but there really is a much bigger side to him than that that made him the greatest player ever Overall I think Lazenby did an incredible job on this book I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the game of basketball or is a big Michael Jordan fan It truly is one of my favorite reads


  10. says:

    As a die hard Jordan fan I really enjoyed this book I loved that Lazenby touched on the genealogy of Jordan's background as a means of further explaining the driving forces within him–both good and bad And while Lazenby doesn't make Jordan into the most likable character at times you never get the sense that he was trying to paint a negative portrait of the former NBA star If anything you gained a better understanding of the man behind the legend and walked away from the book feeling as if you finally understood the why's of it allI truly enjoyed it and highly recommend giving it a look