❮Reading❯ ➹ Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made ➱ Author David Halberstam – Peakpopa.info

Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made From The Breaks Of The Game To Summer Of , David Halberstam Has Brought The Perspective Of A Great Historian, The Inside Knowledge Of A Dogged Sportswriter, And The Love Of A Fan To Bear On Some Of The Most Mythic Players And Teams In The Annals Of American Sport With Michael Jordan And The Chicago Bulls He Has Given Himself His Greatest Challenge And Produced His Greatest Triumph In Playing For Keeps, David Halberstam Takes The First Full Measure Of Michael Jordan S Epic Career, One Of The Great American Stories Of Our Time A Narrative Of Astonishing Power And Human Drama, Brimming With Revealing Anecdotes And Penetrating Insights, The Book Chronicles The Forces In Jordan S Life That Have Shaped Him Into History S Greatest Basketball Player And The Larger Forces That Have Converged To Make Him The Most Famous Living Human Being In The World


10 thoughts on “Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made

  1. says:

    I read this book when it came out As I watched the Cavaliers win the NBA title last night, I thought how I really haven t followed basketball since Michael Jordan retired Spoiled being able to watch all the Bulls games on television, I saw electrifying plays night after night Halberstam allows even casual fans insights into Jordan and the Bulls circus Looking back now that the game has reached global proportions, Halberstam really meant it when he s


  2. says:

    David Halberstam can do no wrong A wonderful look at the modern NBA and how the intersection of money, marketing, entertainment and sport created a climate where Jordan could become the most famous person in the world The reporting and storytelling is excellent, but it lacks something that Breaks of the Game had Breaks felt like because he was Halberstam was there There was a real connection to the players, coaches, and everyone involved Pl


  3. says:

    This book was written before Michael Jordan announced his retirement in 1999 Halberstam is a great writer, though I think this book could have been edited down about 10% It s not just about Jordan, but about how he changed the NBA and how sports changed to sports entertainment during his years in it Key components of this change are the rise of ESPN and the marketing connections of the players I felt I got to know Jordan a bit better even as a Chicago


  4. says:

    This is than just a book on Michael Jordan As a relatively new fan of the NBA started following in 2000 when I met my husband , I really enjoyed all the information about former players and to see how the league has changed over the past 30 years, most notably, the contract amounts and lengths which were small and long even MJ s compared to today s players.I knew Jordan was competitive, but I didn t really know just how much until I read this book The


  5. says:

    This was reprinted from my website, Secure Immaturity Please check it out and comment.Although I consider David Halberstam may he rest in peace one of my all time favorite authors, I never actually finished one of his books I read hundreds upon hundreds of pages in his books, for sure, but I never finished them not because they aren t good but because, well, his depth of knowledge, his skilled writing, and his deep analysis of both history and current a


  6. says:

    A rare gem the book that can please both the hoop junkie and the history student I shouldn t be surprised Halberstam is an exceptional journalist, one who shifted effortlessly between sports books and the broader world The book itself reflects that because Halberstam gives you the story of MJ the basketball player but also all the aspects of basketball and American life he changed and was changed by modern celebrity culture, the mass media, unrestricted


  7. says:

    I dove into this after the league s premier historian, Bill Simmons, called this the best Jordan book that s been written Halberstam meticulously details every step of Jordan s career from his backyard battles with his brother to his final quest for a championship The reporting is incredible and the book is loaded with anecdotes from MJ s friends, competitors, and business partners The author plays with time to convey Jordan s impact on the sport and Amer


  8. says:

    Having already read the Lazenby biography of Jordan probably made me downgrade this book one star Halberstam s version is focused on the environment that Jordan lived worked in, as opposed to Lazenby s Jordancentric version, so it grants some additional insight into the pieces making up Jordan s world There wasn t much new for me about Jordan in this book, but lots of new stuff about the different persons moving in and out of Jordan s life The problem is


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    view spoiler Favorite bits Larry was so driven and so competitive athlete that if he had been 6 2 instead of 5 7 , I m sure Michael would ve been known as Larry s brother instead of Larry always being known as Michael s brother 19 said by Laney High coach Clifton Pop Herring The first signs of Michael s athletic excellence came in baseball he pitched several no hitters for the very good Wilmington little league team When he was 12, he pitched for Wilmington


  10. says:

    David Halberstam is to writing sports books the way Robert Caro is to biographies He was just so much better at it that it almost doesn t seem fair when others attempt it While Playing for Keeps is not quite as strong as The Breaks of the Game, it s still great What makes Halberstam s work so good is that he doesn t just profile one subject Michael Jordan rather he presents a story of the late 1980s and 1990s NBA This includes whole chapters that are about t


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