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Author: David Halberstam Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1999 ISBN: 9781436146616
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Michael Jordan is more than a great basketball player, he is a cultural phenomenon. This remarkable book by a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer offers human drama and penetrating insights into professional athletics. It helps you understand Jordan’s epic career in the context of the new world of sports—one with higher stakes, more pressure, and less humanity.

Playing for Keeps takes you on the road with the team as the Chicago Bulls undergo their long, hard journey to six world championships. It shows how determination, intelligence, and integrity enabled Michael Jordan to lead his team to victory and become a cultural icon.

Halberstam, a highly regarded journalist and historian, has been a sports fan since the 1940s. Listeners will appreciate his rare, insider’s view of the major figures and personal dynamics that shaped the game. Narrator Richard M. Davidson puts you in the middle of the action, and brings home the astonishing power of Jordan’s life story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The volume is animated by the author’s own passion for the game…[Halberstam] uses that knowledge to convey to the reader the extreme mixture of talent, will, and the old-fashioned hard work that went into Mr. Jordan’s achievements…[as well as] how No. 23’s success helped change the NBA and how those changes, in turn, reflected larger developments in the world of sports.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] thoughtful and fascinating study of Jordan’s far-reaching impact on American culture, compiled by one of the most doggedly analytical authors around.”


  • “Solid and compelling…Zeroes in on Jordan’s defining moments, on court and off…The whole book takes shapes as a paradoxical parable.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “The best Jordan book so far.” Washington Post
  • “Halberstam writes the story of Jordan in layers through unforgettable tales of his brilliant career…An insider’s view of basketball, structured like a sports reporter’s private journal.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “A wonderful book, written by a remarkable journalist.”

    Seattle Times

  • “An excellent book about the game of basketball and its greatest player…An engrossing portrait.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Astute and objective…a transcendent sports biography.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A remarkable book…A must-read for basketball fans, admirers of Jordan, and anyone who seeks to understand sports in America today.”

    Bill Bradley

  • “The single greatest sports book I’ve ever read.”

    Dan Le Batard, ESPN Radio

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

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About the Author

David Halberstam graduated from Harvard, where he had served as managing editor of the daily Harvard Crimson. It was 1955, a year after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools. Halberstam went south and began his career as the one reporter on the West Point, Mississippi, Daily Times Leader. He was fired after ten months there and went to work for the Nashville Tennessean. When the sit-ins broke out in Nashville in February 1960, he was assigned to the story as principal reporter. He joined the New York Times later that year, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his early reports from Vietnam. He has received every other major journalistic award, and is a member of the Society of American Historians.

About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.