The author, a native of Philadelphia and an alumnus, as was Wilt Chamberlain, of Overbrook High School, spent four years researching and interviewing the most important people in Wilt's life. The result is a capturing of Wilt's personality and thoughts that relatively few people other than family and closest friends ever knew.
©2004 Robert Allen Cherry (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
I had hopes that this Chamberlain biography would offer some new information about a legend; and a fascinating man. My first memories of the NBA were the Chamberlain/ Russell matchups that were seemingly played out every Sunday afternoon from January to May. Though Wilt usually had superior numbers the Celtics always almost invariably came out on top; victories that were invariably credited to Russell. I'd read both of Wilt's autobiographies and though he appeared to be quite open and opinionated it was only his point of view presented; I expected something different from a third person view of his life. What I got were repackaged versions of the same stories I'd already heard or read previously presented in a less than professional way by a narrator who seemed unsure and uncomfortable. Eventually I gave up; if you're a new fan of the NBA's old school stars you might enjoy this one but I found it repetitive and unprofessional.
A reasonable book, not much new information or analysis. But the narration is achingly bad, distracting from the text.
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