• Bowerman and the Men of Oregon

  • The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder
  • By: Kenny Moore
  • Narrated by: Paul Cirzan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (279 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

No man has affected more runners in more ways than Bill Bowerman. During his 24-year tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helped establish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

With the full cooperation of the Bowerman family and Nike, plus years of taped interviews with friends, relatives, students, and competitors, two-time Olympic marathoner Kenny Moore - himself one of Bowerman's champion athletes - brilliantly re-creates the legendary track coach's life.

©2006 Kenny Moore (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Very Inspiring!

This is a book with a lot of heart. It not only highlights the successes of a highly recognizable character in the form of Bill Bowerman, but it also displays a cast of real people who resemble ordinary people you may know doing extraordinary things. I find the narration at bit mellow, but overall, it certainly fits. This is the first of many audiobooks I plan to "read" through this fantastic service via Audible.com. And no I have no interest in Audible or author. My only compensation was the opportunity to enjoy this book which I accessed through the free Audible trial. Keep em coming. Thanks to Kenny Moore for honoring Bill and his great athletes. I've learned and internalized much from this work. Very inspiring!

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An amazing and emotional read!

If you could sum up Bowerman and the Men of Oregon in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, Interesting and Emotional.

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Hearing about the story of how pre built the jogging industry and his passion for coaching was amazing! Also the story of Prefontaine was really incredible and made me emotional reading about it.

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A Robust Tale of an Incredible Man

It took me a while to listen to this one, as I wanted to digest it slowly. With everything from United States and world history, wars, to love, family, true friendship, to business lessons, courtroom drama, chemistry, design, to thoughtful descriptions of many of running’s heroes, to learning the origins of the foundations of modern day running and physiology and the wisdom of its architect, this book will make you not only a better athlete, but wholly a better person because you really get to understand Bill Bowerman. Bravo.

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Almost Too Detailed

While I admire the author’s attention to the details, there are times when it’s too just too much. It’s a good book but you start to feel the length, especially after you’re half way through.

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True Classic. Essential reading for every runner.

Thank you Mr. Moore for writing this book. This is a true classic. It belongs on every runner’s shelf. Beautifully written, loaded with details, I feel like I was there. I’m so thankful to be able to have such a first-hand account.

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Must read for Sports history fans

An amazing capture of an American sports icon. well written, well read, I didn't want it to end.

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great!!

this is a great a book, a must in your list. for any runner or PRE fan you will enjoy this book.

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Beautiful

This is an amazing telling of the life of a great and inspirational man. This book has made me go back to my roots to run again.

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Captivating story, hard to follow in audio

Story of Bowerman is really interesting, but all the times and distances make listening to the book slightly confusing.

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So much more than I expected! A true great!

I knew so little in comparison to what I learned; it makes me wish that I had known him.

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  • 10-26-21

Insight

Very good listen for runners or any athletics fans and great insight into Nike but more Oregon and all Bowerman training and the athletes

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  • 08-17-21

Very detailed

Brilliant listen. Some great insight into personal and athletic life of Bill and some of his athletes.

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  • JB
  • 06-04-20

Outstanding

Fascinating history of a truly great man. 5 stars all the way. My best purchase in months

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  • 07-21-15

Great historical look at the man behind the brand!

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Really interesting to hear how Nike started from such a simple beginning. Nike are still proud of this heritage and live by the maxims that Bill Bowerman embodied.

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  • Kevin
  • 02-18-15

Amazing story of an amazing man

A must read for any coach. It certainly has taught me more than a few things. A hard act to follow. With reminders of boyhood dreams of emulating these runners

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-19

Great Book if a little slow at the start

The book was a little slow to start with the pre Bowerman story taking a while. it was well read but a pity the narator can't say fractions of a second correctly. I.e. 3:53.43 he would read the .43 as "point forty three" which is just plain wrong and very annoying where so many times are read out.