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Bowerman and the Men of Oregon by Kenny Moore
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Nov 29, 2009

it was amazing
Read in November, 2009

I was overcome with emotion as I finished this book this morning; Moore has done a rare thing. He has humanized his "old coach," a legendary, mythic figure, and he has placed him in the context of his time (WW2 to the 90's), place (Oregon), and family (beloved wife Barbara, three children). I loved the focus of the book on Bill Bowerman the man and the coach, yet I still feel like he exists in a swirl of mystery and shade. His quips and retorts are legendary, but his warmth and intelligence underlie everything; here was a man who would do anything for his athletes.

What a tribute Kenny Moore has made to the spirit of his old coach.
No better person could have written this book.
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