West by West

My Charmed, Tormented Life
By Jerry West, Jonathan Coleman (Audiobook, 2011)
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.

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.

Jerry West is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. After retiring from the game in 1975, West went on to lead the Los Angeles Lakers-first as a coach, and then as a general manager. He lives in California.

Jonathan Coleman is the author of Exit the Rainmaker, At Mother's Request, and Long Way to Go. He is a former producer and correspondent with CBS News.

  • WEST BY WEST by Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman


  • Jerry West and Jonathan Coleman on WEST BY WEST

  • "To us, Jerry was not a silhouette. To us, he was a man with a soul."

  • "Jerry West is the person who for forty years was synonymous with L.A. not only as a player but as a general manager and an architect of two championship teams. He did it. It was his vision, his mind.  Everything good that happened there Jerry had a hand in."

  • "I never played with anyone that played as hard, took the game as seriously as Jerry...He carries his heart and soul on his sleeve and he says what he believes."

Product Details

West by West
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $29.98 US/$32.98 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 570
  • ISBN-13: 9781611139624
  • On Sale Date: 10/19/2011
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