West by West

  • by Jerry West, Jonathan Coleman
  • Narrated by Ryan West
  • 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Customer Reviews

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Jerry is really disturbed and needs help

What disappointed you about West by West?

About as poorly written book as one could write. This book is disturbing for one who loved basketball in the 60's. Jerry, get help before you take your own life. It didn't help that his son Ryan was the narrator. His performance was as bad as the writing of the book.

I finished listening to this recording only because of the characters that surrounded Jerry during his career. Russell, Baylor, Cousy, Robertson, Barry etc...


Has West by West turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was dismal. The context of the book didn't help.

What character would you cut from West by West?


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- bmatt48

Raw and Powerful

The book is biographical, but also something more. A genuine insight into a great man. Really delves into the emotions, tribulations, and the thought process of someone who we admire.

Great Read.
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- miky kamal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-19-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio