West by West by Jerry West
My Charmed, Tormented Life

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10 Critic Reviews

Pick up a copy of this brutally candid account of his life and you will understand him quite a bit better. Come to know him totally...
-LA Times

Synopsis

He is one of basketball's towering figures: "Mr. Clutch," who mesmerized his opponents and fans. The coach who began the Lakers' resurgence in the 1970s. The general manager who helped bring "Showtime" to Los Angeles, creating a championship-winning force that continues to this day.

Now, for the first time, the legendary Jerry West tells his story-from his tough childhood in West Virginia, to his unbelievable college success at West Virginia University, his 40-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his relationships with NBA legends like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Unsparing in its self-assessment and honesty, WEST BY WEST is far more than a sports memoir: it is a profound confession and a magnificent inspiration.
 

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Jerry West is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. After retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1974, West went on to lead the team-- first as a coach, and then as the general manager. He lives in California and West Virginia. Jonathan Coleman is the bestselling author of Exit the Rainmaker, At Mother's Request, and Long Way to Go. He is a former producer and correspondent with CBS News.He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
 
Published October 19, 2011 by Little, Brown and Company. 327 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 15 2011

In a genre notorious for merely waving pompoms, West offers an unusually candid account of his personal and professional life.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Aug 29 2011

West’s reluctance to detail his dealings with others coupled with the authors’ anecdotal style lead to a lack of perspective and narrative heft that doesn’t befit the rich, complex life of such an iconic sports figure.

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LA Times

Good
on Oct 22 2011

Pick up a copy of this brutally candid account of his life and you will understand him quite a bit better. Come to know him totally...

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
on Jan 04 2013

...a life that reads like a modern history of basketball, replete with stories of the greats...

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Huntington News

Excellent
on Nov 08 2011

“West by West” is a must read and will be motivational and inspirational for any athlete.

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Chamber Four

Good
on Oct 28 2011

I was impressed by the amount West was willing to delve into the emotional root of his trouble...As such, West by West has a much deeper, much more philosophical core, which in turn results in a much more rewarding experience for the reader.

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The Roanoke Times

Good
on Nov 20 2011

...you can’t help but be humbled by the story. Jerry West proves that our heroes are also human.

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Time Magazine

Below average
on Oct 25 2011

...the dark cloud that hovers over the book can feel overwhelming and repetitive. But at least you know the pain is authentic.

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Nashville Public Library

Excellent
on Jun 28 2012

A really solid, absorbing autobiography here. Bonus points for great photographs, his career statistics and a listing of all the injuries he sustained as a pro.

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Sports Book Review Center

Excellent
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Nov 05 2011

Who knew Jerry West was such a tormented soul? This is a fascinating and unexpected look at one of the all-time greats in basketball. However, the insights could be just about anyone, which gives the book resonance.

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