Published: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown and Co., 2012, c2011 Edition: 1st Back Bay pbk. ed Description: xiii, 338 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm ISBN/ISSN: 9780316053501, 0316053503, 0316053503 :, Language: English
"Originally published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company, October 2011"--T.p. verso
"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"--Provided by publisher
Prologue -- Climbing up from the abyss -- Venturing forth -- Willie, Ann, and the clamor for "heroes" -- Drawing the curtain -- What a time it was -- Kobe, Shaquille, and the summer of 1996 -- Wilt and my urge to disappear -- The dark spot in the wood -- Rebirth and the difficulty of becoming Elvis -- The ride to Rancho Santa Fe, 11/17/08 -- Self-recrimination -- Dream game -- Seeking David -- Epilogue -- Afterword -- Miscellany. What by body says ; My playing career in numbers
The autobiography of an NBA legend is both sad and inspiring. West starts with his growing up in a small West Virginia mining town dealing with an abusive father and depression. Jerry uses his natural athletic gift of playing basketball to escape from his abused childhood.
West becomes a local high school star and then a star at U of West Virginia, where he came within one point of a national championship. West then was drafted by the Lakers and became an NBA all star from 1960-1974, and winning the title in 1972 after losing numerous finals to the his nemesis the Boston Celtics.
The book is filled with his struggle to overcome his depression and low self esteem despite all of his success as a player and General Manager with 3 NBA title to his credit. The anecdotes and inside stories relating to NBA greats like Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor and others are wonderful, a must read for sports fans.