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Michael Jordan
Sean Adams
0760734674
May 2003
Paperback
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Driven from Within
Michael Jordan
0743284003
October 2005
Hardcover
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On the Court with... Michael Jordan
Matt Christopher
0316137928
September 1996
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. Christopher systematically describes Jordan's career, starting in high school and following through his college, Olympic, and professional days (with the stop off at baseball). The book ends with the Bulls' loss to Orlando in the 1995 season playoffs. Those familiar with the athlete's career will probably already know some of the anecdotes covered in this book. For example, there's the oft-repeated fact that Jordan didn't make the varsity basketball squad in his sophomore year in high school, and his trials as a minor league baseball player are common knowledge. Yet, many fans will find this clearly written title among the most satisfying of all of the Jordan biographies. Although the author mentions controversies involving his subject's gambling and the tragedy of his father's murder, he...


Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
Deloris Jordan
0689834195
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Before basketball star Michael Jordan's name was uttered reverently in households all over the planet, young Michael was just a shrimpy kid trying to play ball with the big boys in the neighborhood. Tired of being teased by the biggest boy on the court, Michael is convinced the only solution is to grow taller. His mama smilingly suggests putting salt in his shoes and saying a prayer every night. His daddy tells young Michael that "Being taller may help you play a little better, but not as much as practice, determination, and giving your best will. Those are the things that make you a real winner." And so they are. At 6-foot-6, Michael may not have grown up to be the tallest player on the court, but he sure did turn out to be one of the best!

As his mother and his sister, Deloris Jordan and Rosalyn Jordan are in...



Jump!
Floyd Cooper
0399242309
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-5–This lovingly rendered picture book details the events in Jordan's childhood and adolescence that contributed to his basketball stardom. Cooper's signature artwork, done in umber washes of oil, feature soft outlines and harmonious tones of brown, orange, and blue. From a scene of children running wildly through a full house to one of Michael staring longingly at the bigger, older players competing on the blacktop court, the freedom of movement and the joys of athletic prowess and competition are expressed in every depiction of the characters. An author's note details the superstar's accomplishments in professional sports. At times, Cooper's descriptions of the characters' feelings seem convoluted and unnecessarily long, but the text is easy to read, and events are related in a friendly,...


When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan's Last Comeback
Michael Leahy
0743254279
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
After serving as president and part owner of the Washington Wizards for two years, Jordan, bored by his executive duties and frustrated by the team's poor play, returned to the court in 2001 in a bid to revitalize the struggling basketball franchise. But the aging superstar's attempt to resurrect the team flopped as the Wizards failed to make the playoffs in either of Jordan's two playing seasons. While the highs and lows of Jordan's comeback are known to most basketball fans, Leahy, a Washington Post feature writer who covered Jordan's return, offers an in-depth look at the inner turmoil that plagued the Jordan-led Wizards. In a smartly written, often angry work that is as much a sports story as a psychology study and condemnation of the media that built up the Jordan myth, Leahy not only documents Jordan's...


Michael Jordan Speaks
Janet Lowe
0471345644
Jan 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
Hailed as the greatest to have ever played the game, Michael Jordan reigned supreme over theNBA for eleven seasons. While his achievements on the court have made him a basketball legend, his activities off the court as businessman, movie star, and pitchman have made himan American icon. In this unique biography, the author of the bestselling Speaks series shedslight on the drive and determination behind the incredible success of His Royal Airness by bringing together original Jordan quotes culled from articles, newscasts, andinterviews.

Possibly the most recognized celebrity on the planet today, definitely one of the greatest sports figures who ever lived and, by far, the most effective product endorser in the history of business, Michael "Air" Jordan is the stuff of legend. But it is more than his...


Michael Jordan Speaks
Janet Lowe
0471399965
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Words and wisdom from Chicago Bulls #23: Mega-superstar, "His Airness"
He is the most successful player to ever wear a basketball uniform. On the court and off the court, Michael has entertained the world as a pitchman, movie star, spokesperson, and an extraordinary athlete-although not the greatest baseball player. For the first time ever, bestselling author Janet Lowe has compiled a portrait from Michael's own words. Michael Jordan Speaks touches upon everything about the sport, his mega-superstar status, and his life, culled from articles, newscasts, and interviews.

Back Cover Copy
The world listens when Michael Jordan speaks Here is just a sample of what you’ll find inside: "People can fly. Some fly higher than others, that’s all." ...


How to Be Like Mike: Life Lessons about Basketball's Best
Pat Williams
1558749551
August 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This motivational book uses Michael Jordan as a prime example of how to achieve one's dream career goals whether they are in the sports arena or in other fields. Each chapter focuses on one ingredient in the recipe for success. The elements are identified as effective concentration, a joyful love for one's work, unrelenting practice of one's skills, persistent determination to achieve, acceptance of personal responsibility for one's own actions, treating others with warmth and respect, etc. There are copious anecdotes about how the basketball star has smoothly blended them all into his life, but there are also quotes from a variety of people, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Síren Kierkegaard, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, and Anthony Quinn. Jordan is portrayed as the most hardworking man...


Michael Jordan
Lisa Wade McCormick
0516298437
Sept 2006
Hardcover
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Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism
Walter LaFeber
0393323692
September 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Not everyone embraces the "American Way." But as historian Walter LaFeber demonstrates in this highly original look at the effects of global capitalism, not everyone has a choice. Using powerful communications satellites in the 1980s and, later, unbridled capital, transnational corporations such as McDonald's and Nike and their media-mogul counterparts have infiltrated cultures from Paris to Beijing, understanding perfectly that what the world sees the world buys (in this case, Big Macs and anything plastered with a Nike swoosh). Of course, it helps when hoops legend Michael Jordan--the world's most idolized athlete--is pitching your products. His influence is pervasive: "McDonald's, blaring Michael Jordan's endorsement, operated in 103 nations and fed one percent of the world's population each day. 'Within the East Asian...


Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
David Halberstam
0767904443
February 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
One of the finest nonfiction writers in any lineup, 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...



On the Court With...Michael Jordan
Matt Christopher
0613018036
Sept 1996
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6. Christopher systematically describes Jordan's career, starting in high school and following through his college, Olympic, and professional days (with the stop off at baseball). The book ends with the Bulls' loss to Orlando in the 1995 season playoffs. Those familiar with the athlete's career will probably already know some of the anecdotes covered in this book. For example, there's the oft-repeated fact that Jordan didn't make the varsity basketball squad in his sophomore year in high school, and his trials as a minor league baseball player are common knowledge. Yet, many fans will find this clearly written title among the most satisfying of all of the Jordan biographies. Although the author mentions controversies involving his subject's gambling and the tragedy of his father's murder, he...


When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan's Last Comeback
Michael Leahy
0743254260
November 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
After serving as president and part owner of the Washington Wizards for two years, Jordan, bored by his executive duties and frustrated by the team's poor play, returned to the court in 2001 in a bid to revitalize the struggling basketball franchise. But the aging superstar's attempt to resurrect the team flopped as the Wizards failed to make the playoffs in either of Jordan's two playing seasons. While the highs and lows of Jordan's comeback are known to most basketball fans, Leahy, a Washington Post feature writer who covered Jordan's return, offers an in-depth look at the inner turmoil that plagued the Jordan-led Wizards. In a smartly written, often angry work that is as much a sports story as a psychology study and condemnation of the media that built up the Jordan myth, Leahy not only documents Jordan's...


Michael Jordan
Thomas Raber
0613461517
Mar 2002
Hardcover
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Michael Jordan
Sarah Houghton
0736840028
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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The Jordan Rules: The Inside Story of a Turbulent Season with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls
Sam Smith
0671796666
November 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
New York NewsdayAn engaging, sometimes cruelly funny behind-the-scenes look at the Bulls' tantrum-and doubt-filled but finally triumphant journey to the NBA title.
Chicago Sun-TimesThe Jordan Rules...might be the best sports book since Season on the Brink about Bob Knight.
NewsweekJordan boasts a wicked tongue, and not just when it's hanging out as he dunks....[He] manages to blurt out enough in Smith's book to reveal his own narcissistic, trash-talking, obsessively competitive side.
Associated PressThe Jordan Rules entertains throughout, but the most fun comes from just hanging out with the players. Smith takes us into the locker room, aboard the team plane and team bus, and seats us on the bench during games. Sometimes, books reflecting on a team's success don't reach the personal level with the people who...

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