I recently read Kenny Moore's Bowerman and the men of Oregon: the story of Oregon's legendary coach and Nike's cofounder (Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2006). What a fantastic book! This is a well-researched, exhaustive study of the famed Oregon coach. Moore goes way back to Bowerman's ancestors in their Conestoga wagons heading West and finding their place in this new land. Following the ancestral trail through his early life, military service, and eventual career at the University, Moore weaves personal anecdotes, current events, and some psychology to write a compelling biography.
The most poignant part of this book for me? The litany of great runners, world champions and record holders, most of whom I've never heard of. Fame is fleeting. As Bowerman himself said, "...that victory is sweet, but you wake up the next morning and it has flown."