Shoe Dog

Version: Unabridged
Author: Phil Knight
Narrator: Norbert Leo Butz
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: April 2016
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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Overview

In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight "offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh" ( Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it "an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It's a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do."

Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight's Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In Shoe Dog, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers--as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.

Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand--and a culture--that changed everything.

Reviews (48)

Written by LaToya M on March 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book many should read it i listen to the exmpales and read about the book and it feels like i can relate to the story

Written by Kailum H on January 30th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book, great narration also

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Written by Ronald S on January 13th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book and narration!

Shoe Dog

Written by Demetri S on December 15th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic read, really enjoyable. Related his early days as a struggling business man and related to it in my own business. Given me motivation to change things after 13 years.

Written by Tyler S on October 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book, Narrator capture the emotion really good

Written by Balamurugan T on October 17th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic book, after finished hearing, I have to read it now.

Written by Paolo R on October 11th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic from start to finish, compelling story even if you're not into books about business.

Written by Lenford T on September 13th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Amazing book

Written by Paul J on September 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Fantastic, a must if you like business and sports. Great to hear about the NIKE journey!

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Written by Shannon G on July 25th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great Book all around!

Author Details

Author Details

Knight, Phil

One of the world s most influential business executives, Phil Knight is the founder of NIKE, Inc. He served as CEO of the company from 1964 to 2004 and continues to this day as Board Chairman. He lives in Oregon with his wife Penny.