The Jordan Rules: The Inside Story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls

Diversion Books
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The New York Times Bestseller, Now in eBook Format and Updated With a New Introduction

This is the 20th anniversary of the explosive bestseller that changed the way the world viewed one of the greatest athletes in history, revealing for the first time Michael Jordan's relentless drive to win anything and everything, at any cost. NBA Hall of Fame columnist Sam Smith had unlimited access to the team and its players during their championship 1991-92 season, which he details in the new introduction, along with candid revelations about his sources, and the reaction from Michael, his teammates, the media, and the fans when the book blasted onto the bestseller lists in 1992 (where it stayed for three months). With more than a million copies in print, and just published for the first time in eBook format, The Jordan Rules remains the ultimate inside look at one of the most legendary teams in sports history.
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Sam Smith has been covering the Chicago Bulls and the NBA for more than three decades, as reporter and columnist for The Chicago Tribune for 28 years, and currently for Bulls.com. Recipient of the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award from the NBA Hall of Fame, he also received the Professional Basketball Writers Association Lifetime Achievement award in 2011.  He is the author of the classic bestselling book The Jordan Rules, for which he had unparalleled access to Michael Jordan and 1991-92 Chicago Bulls.  He has written extensively for media outlets around the world, including ESPN.com, ESPN magazine, NBC SportsBasketball DigestThe Sporting News, and for major publications in Japan and China.
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Publisher
Diversion Books
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Published on
Jul 26, 2012
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781938120534
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Sports
Sports & Recreation / Basketball
Sports & Recreation / Essays
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