Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight

Title: Bill Bowerman & Phil Knight: Building the Nike Empire
Author: Keith Elliot Greenberg
Art Work: Dick Smolinski
Publisher: Blackbirch Press
Sometimes the way I like to find books to read is by looking at the bibliography of a book I have read and seeing what similar titles from that list I would also enjoy reading.  This is how I happened to find this book, Bill Bowerman & Phil Knight: Building the Nike Empire.  My next step is to look in the library catalogue to see if they have it, that way I don’t have to buy the book.  Luckily I was able to find this title, but was surprised to find out that it was a children’s book when I went to go pick it up.
Regardless of that fact I still decided to read it.  The book is about 48 pages long and is pretty easy to read.  Like most kids book’s it gives a general overview by showing how Nike was started, focusing especially on Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight.  Although it is short it does include many interesting facts about Bowerman (serving in the U.S. Tenth Mountain Division and taking a pair of sneakers) and Knight (using his mother’s laundry room as an office).  The book also comes with drawings that are paintings, something that I’m sure kids will enjoy.  This is a great book that I recommend for kids and children of all ages.


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