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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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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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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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Love this book, man, and the Nike company

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is interesting and a great read

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bowerman and the Men of Oregon?

It is chalk full of memorable moments most notedly Bowerman's becoming the legend he was

Which character – as performed by Paul Cirzan – was your favorite?

Bill bowerman

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

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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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So much Oregon/track history

Although the book is predominantly about Bowerman, it also covers the stories of his most famous athletes, the history of Nike and the ups and downs and trials and tribulations of developing high performance athletic shoes, the Rajneesh episode in Oregon, track history and politics, and the tragic events of the 1972 Olympics. The book contains many smaller stories of honor, heart, and perseverance. It's well written and epic in its retelling of the life of a very humbly yet inspirational person who influenced many, and through those persons many more. Can't wait to read it again.

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Bill seemed like a jerk

It's hard to cheer for a guy that urinated on his athletes in the shower or burned them with his super hot keys

He seemed like a win at all costs kind of guy and with all the problems with Salazar I have to wonder if there was more to bill bower man than easy and hard days

It was okay at times and went into lots of detail about Bill but again I just didn't care for the guy based on the stories as urinating on athletes in the shower is just really creepy

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Great book

A story every runner or athlete can enjoy.
As a coach I can admire his passion for bot his athletes and his sport.

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Narration was an issue

I really wanted to like thie book. The Man is a legend, but the narrator, in an attempt to affect a folksy awe shucks demeanor ends up sounding like he is talking through a paper bag. Too bad

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  • 07-21-15

Great historical look at the man behind the brand!

What did you like most about Bowerman and the Men of Oregon?

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