Jordan: The Man, His Words, His Life

Jordan: The Man, His Words, His Life

by Mitchell Krugel
     
 

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He is arguably the greatest basketball player ever. His endorsements mean millions to companies around the globe. And he has endured scrutiny by fans and media attention normally reserved for royalty, presidents, or Hollywood stars. Jordan provides more insight into the life of Michael Jordan than any previous book for one reason - Jordan himself.

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Overview

He is arguably the greatest basketball player ever. His endorsements mean millions to companies around the globe. And he has endured scrutiny by fans and media attention normally reserved for royalty, presidents, or Hollywood stars. Jordan provides more insight into the life of Michael Jordan than any previous book for one reason - Jordan himself.

Sportswriter Mitchell Krugel has spent his entire career covering the Chicago Bulls and over the years has developed a warm friendship with Michael. Jordan features interviews and conversations in Michael's own words, from his entrance into the NBA in 1984 through the 1993 season.

Together, Jordan and Krugel relate stories that every fan wants to hear. Read about Jordan's most memorable moments in the game; his relationship with his family and his life as a husband and father; his overwhelming need to feel challenged; his feelings about the other stars in the NBA; how he deals with the spotlight; the Michael Jordan Journal: a day-by-day look at the 1993 NBA playoffs; the Chicago White Sox and his dream of playing baseball; and many, many more personal stories. Not only does the reader hear from Jordan, but also from the top players and coaches in the league. The NBA's best discuss what it feels like to play against him, and the coaches reflect on coaching against him. Jordan explores the human side of Michael's world, and it will stand as the most thorough and illuminating tribute to his amazing career and complex personality for one reason only - the conversations with Jordan himself.

Editorial Reviews

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"Provides an intimate overview of Michael Jordan as a person and a professional." -Denver Weekly News

"A fine biography as well as a thoughtful look at the burdens of fame in the modern world." -Booklist

Denver Weekly News
Provides an intimate overview of Michael Jordan as a person and a professional.
Wes Lukowsky
To the tune of Kermit the Frog's lament, "It Ain't Easy Being Green," Michael Jordan croons, "It Ain't Easy Being Mike." The retired Chicago Bull great and current White Sox wannabe provides a brief introduction to each chapter of "Hammond Times" reporter Krugel's surprisingly candid and objective biography. Krugel carefully examines Jordan's legendary competitiveness, concluding that it is both the source of Michael's athletic greatness and a kind of personal curse. We see the effect of his competitive spirit both in his gambling fiascoes, on the one hand, and in his night-in, night-out mastery of professional basketball, which, as Krugel explains it, was made possible not only by natural talent, but also by Jordan's remarkable ability to create a small challenge for himself in each game, whether it was teaching a rookie opponent respect or disappointing the home fans when the Bulls were on the road. Krugel also explores the stifling nature of Jordan's celebrity, detailing the horrors of living in a fishbowl. Though Jordan's relationships with teammates were often tenuous, they, too, recognized the double-edged sword of being the world's most famous person: As one teammate put it, "They couldn't pay me enough to be Michael." A fine biography as well as a thoughtful look at the burdens of fame in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312967154
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/15/1998
Series:
Jordan Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.87(d)

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