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These are Wilt's books.  The first three books are out of print.  I have seen the first in 2nd hand stores sometimes, so you might have success finding it there.  The third is also out of print, but can be found at 2nd hand stores, and also there is a way of getting it from Amazon.com. Go to the author search and type "Chamberlain, Wilt".  Good luck finding #2.      


wiltbook.jpg (17005 bytes) Wilt: Just like any other 7-foot black millionaire who lives next door, by Wilt Chamberlain and David Shaw.  1973.   This is my favorite book by Wilt that I have read.  It is a pure biography that goes up to the his final season in the NBA.  Lots of great stories.
This book is all about Wilt's house, Ursa Major -- how the concept came to be, the design, the struggles, and a detailed room-by-room description with numerous photos.

This book is out-of-print and extremely hard to find.  You cannot get it through inter-library loan (only one library has it and they won't loan it out).  If you can find it, expect to pay a lot of money.  If not for 8 years of hard work by my missus, I would not have this.

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A View from Above, by Wilt Chamberlain. 1991  A very witty book.  Wilt tells many stories and shares his views on a variety of issues.  Whether you agree with his opinions, he is a very entertaining and witty author.  And yes, this book contains the famous 20,000 line.
wiltasylum.jpg (27008 bytes) You can order it by calling 800-280-1776.   It can be ordered from Amazon.com or a major bookseller, such as Barnes and Noble or Borders. However, if you order it from the 1-800 number, the charities that benefit from this book will be guaranteed their money.

This is an o.k. book, but you need to take it with a grain of salt.  This is a basketball-themed follow-up to A View from Above, in that it's Wilt's opinions about the current state of basketball.  Since it was opinionated, some of the facts aren't accurate.  It is still a solid read, though I prefer the previous two books more.

 Books About Wilt

I added this section because many fine books have been written about him.

Wilt: Larger than Life by Robert Cherry.  2004.   In my opinion, this is the very best book pertaining to Wilt.  Written after Wilt's death, the author performed exhaustive research and interviews with numerous people who knew Wilt and the result is a very balanced book.  Wilt's achievements and his generous character are shown as well as his insecurities and faults.  You will come away from this book liking Wilt even more than if you read Wilt's books.  A supreme read.  If you want to learn about Wilt, read this.

Wilt, 1962, by Gary M. Pomerantz.  2004.  Another excellent book, this time focusing on the magical night in Hershey, Pennsylvania when Wilt scored 100 points.  The book tells the background of the players, coaches, management, announcers, and even the town and specific fans.  The theme of the book is how the game fired the shot signifying a new era in the NBA and how old stereotypes would be broken and how Wilt's game ushered in these changes.  It also follows up the game and tells what happened to many participants in the years to follow.
Season of the 76ers, by Wayne Lynch - This book covers the magical 1966-67 Sixers, one of the greatest teams in history.  It goes through the background and the season.  The game-to-game or season details could be much stronger, and the guy is a SERIOUS Sixers homer (and I'm a Sixers fan, and it's obvious to me), referring to players as "Wilt", "Billy", "Luke", etc.  Still, it is a fine read, if you want to learn about this mighty team.
The Pivotal Season,  by Charley Rosen.  This book covers the 1971-72 Lakers - Wilt's 2nd title team.  The book is a character assassination on Wilt and is full of half-truths and downright lies.  Go to Amazon.com and read my review to see some of them spelled out.  There is some useful information in this book, but the author's blind hatred of Wilt keeps him from being objective.  It was nice seeing him try to whitewash the fact that Wilt was the Finals' MVP, though.