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Michael Jordan: The Life

The Life

  • Engelstalig
  • Hardcover
  • 9780316194778
  • mei 2014
  • 688 pagina's
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Roland Lazenby

Lazenby has written more than five dozen nonfiction books, mainly about basketball and American football. These include Fifty Years of the Final Four: Golden Moments of the NCAA Basketball Tournament (1987), The Lakers: A Basketball Journey (1993), Bull Run! The Story of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (1996), Blood on the Horns: The Long Strange Ride of Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls (1998), Mad Game, The NBA Education of Kobe Bryant (2000), Mindgames: Phil Jackson's Long Strange Journey (2001), Johnny Unitas: The Best There Ever Was (2002), Tom Brady: Sudden Glory (2002), The Show: The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers in the Words of Those Who Lived It (2004), Jerry West: The Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon (2010), Michael Jordan: The Life (2014), and Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant (2016). He has also contributed articles to magazines and newspapers.

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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.


MJ's life is a movie worth watching again, and Lazenby adds enough deleted scenes to add some oomph to the familiar story. --Booklist 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 Lazenby is the Michael Jordan of writing about Michael Jordan. --MSNBC's The Cycle 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 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 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 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 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 Resplendent... A definitive, multidimensional portrait of a man and a legend, and a notable contribution to sports literature. --Miriam Tuliao, BookReporter Studded with insights. --Kirkus Reviews 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 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 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 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 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) 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 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 Revelatory.... A fascinating examination into the lonely, prideful man behind the glimmering icon. --Publishers Weekly 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 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 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

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  • His Airness

    Geweldige biografie over de beste basketter ooit. Zeer diepgaand, veel details, en zeker een must voor fans van MJ.

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  • Prachtig verhaal
    • Meeslepend verhaal
    • Goede verhaallijn

    Prachtige en inspirerende verhalen over het levende legende Michael Jordan! Absolute aanrader voor alle basketbal fans en Jordan fans!

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  • Goed boek!

    Het is een fantastisch boek, zeer compleet! Eerste hoofdstukken zijn wat langdradig maar komen het verhaal wel ten goede.

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  • Great book!

    Just what you need to learn everything about MJ. Tells all about his life.

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  • Basketbalbijbel
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    • Praktisch
    • Heldere uitleg

    Dit boek wordt terecht de basketbalbijbel genoemd. Je krijgt nooit spijt van deze aankoop!

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  • De volledige biografie van Michael Jordan
    • Inspirerend
    • Volledig
    • Heldere uitleg

    In dit boek is duidelijk en makkelijk de levensloop van Michael Jordan beschreven. Met interviews met oud trainers, mede spelers, familie en Michael zelf krijg je een duidelijk beeld wat hij er voor heeft moeten en laten om een van de grootste sporters aller tijden te worden en werelds bekendste basketballer.

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mei 2014
24 x 17 x 4,8 cm
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688 pagina's


Roland Lazenby
Little, Brown & Company



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