There were times I wanted to skip some of the pages as I wanted to read most of the interesting stuff. I especially liked the first part of the book, his background, the history of his parents and ancestors. It is a biography focused on everyone around MJ, sometimes leaving him aside which allows you to observe and understanding who he is/was. My non-fictional book for this semester was "Michael Jordan: A Life Above the Rim," and it is by Robert Lipstye. 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. Sites like SparkNotes with a Michael Jordan The Life study guide or cliff notes. Heaven Is a Playground: A Journey Into the Sweet World of Street Basketball. Michael Jordan is arguably, the best basketball player that has ever laced up his shoes. 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. His father doesn't come across too well, Phil Jackson's manipulation is revealed to a surprising degree, and some context is given to many of the Jordan myths out there. Michael Jordan: The Life explores both sides of his personality to reveal the fullest, most compelling story of the man who is Michael Jordan. The author tries to find that answer in Jordan’s father, but it doesn't feel like he commits to it fully. Enjoy a great reading experience when you buy the Kindle edition of this book. Lazenby begins his chronicle with a mesmerizing portrait of Jordan’s ancestors, particularly his great grandfather, a disabled man whose arduous life reflected the subjugation of late-nineteenth century African-Americans. In some ways it is too complementary to Jordan, particularly around his baseball career and work with the Wizards. A couple were how they talked about him getting cut and bouncing back from it. Also includes sites with a short overview, synopsis, book report, or summary of Roland Lazenby’s Michael Jordan The Life. This bio is akin to Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs in terms of scope and depth. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. “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, etc. Finally a book that not only notes his undeniable accomplishments on the court, but also one that delves into why he is so frequently considered "complex." Then we transition into Jordan's childhood - his friends and memories; his teenage and college years; his early and later pro years, his time with the Wizards, and his recent years as the owner of the Bobcats. This book is now available for free and you can easily read it. It was detaile. The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive. Welcome back. Download Michael Jordan The Life full book in PDF, EPUB, and Mobi Format, get it for read on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Michael Jordan is no different. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Michael Jordan: The Life. 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. I w. In the book Michael Jordan: The Life, had some great moments in them. Start by marking “Michael Jordan: The Life” as Want to Read: Error rating book. De-mythologizing the greatest legend in basketball. Author (s): Roland Lazenby (Goodreads Author) ISBN: 0316194778 (ISBN13: 9780316194778) Edition language: English. Lazenby was apparently able to roll together chapters from previous books about Michael and the Bulls together with new information into this comprehensive 700 page biography of the Greatest of All Time. A budget oriented sports junkie with no understanding of neither football nor baseball, Chicago’s WGN provided a sustainable fix as part of the economy cable. The mindset of the most competitive person conceivable, for better (multiple championships and ultimate domination on the basketball courts) or for worse (gambling problems, scarred relationships, and a perhaps unwarranted and inopportune incrimination in a hall of fame speech). The depth of reporting, his frequent ascent into poetry, and his intelligent analysis of the life of this complicated, fascinating American icon … Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 3, 2016. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. It spans from Jordan's ancestry all the way to his caustic Hall of Fame acceptance speech and failures as Charlotte owner.