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Wednesday, December 1, 2004



BUY THE BOOK
Click here to buy Michael Leahy's "When Nothing Else Matters"

MJ's Last Stand
You think Michael Jordan mellowed with age ... well, think again. Michael Leahy's new book, "When Nothing Else Matters," examines Jordan's final comeback with the Wizards and finds MJ still has every bit of his famous competitive fire.

Take a sneak peek at our Book of the Month for November and you'll find Jordan was calling all the shots in D.C. In our excerpt from Chapter 3 of Leahy's book, we see a demanding and spiteful version of His Airness as he denies the truth about his own physical shortcomings, relegates Wiz coach Doug Collins to a yes man, and emasculates teenager Kwame Brown with a rude welcome to the NBA.

Plus, Jeff Merron takes a look back at the many faces we've seen of Jordan from other books about his NBA career.


LOOK BACK AT OCTOBER'S BOOK OF THE MONTH: "FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS"

Author H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger explains what drew him to "Friday Night Lights" and how the book changed him and the town of Odessa, Texas.

In an excerpt from "FNL," we're introduced to the tragic saga of Boobie Miles. Plus, we caught up with the former prep phenom in 2004.

How closely does the "FNL" movie follow the real story of the 1988 Permian Panthers? We compare the script with the story told in the book.

ESPN BOOK CLUB ALSO RECOMMENDS FOR NOVEMBER ...

  • "Let Me Tell You a Story: A Lifetime in the Game," by Red Auerbach and John Feinstein
    Think of it as Tuesdays with Red: A smorgasbord of the wit and wisdom dished out weekly at the legendary Celtics coach's storied lunch table.

  • "The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf," by Mark Frost
    Put it this way: With Mark Frost as your caddy, you're going to survive the winter ... by savoring every moment of Jones' astonishing career.

  • "America's Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation," by Michael MacCambridge
    From Halas and Rozelle to Montana and Peyton Manning: A rumbling, stumbling, humbling run through history with the giants of the NFL.

  • "23 Days in July: Inside Lance Armstrong's Record-Breaking Tour de France Victory," by John Wilcockson
    Let's see . . . Pedal 2,100 miles? Or let Wilcockson take your breath away with an intense chronicle of Armstrong's Tour de France six-peat. We say bring on le couch!