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 candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the 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.
In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike s annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of startups, Nike is the "ne plus ultra" of all startups, and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognizable symbols in the world today.
But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, in a memoir that is candid, humble, gutsy, and wry, he tells his story, beginning with his crossroads moment. At twenty-four, after backpacking around the world, he decided to take the unconventional path, to start his own business a business that would be dynamic, "different."
Knight details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls the formative relationships with his first partners and employees, a ragtag group of misfits and seekers who became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission, and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything."

Reviews (44)

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!

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Written by Wim K on July 14th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great review of the creation of a global power brand

Written by Jordan G on April 21st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It was a moving piece! My one wish is the next book can follow up like this one!

Written by Joshua F on April 14th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I thought the book was interesting but on the dull side. Narrator did a great job.

Shoe Dog [unabridged audiobook]

Written by Michael D on April 9th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Shoe Dog is an excellent book and the narrator did an excellent reading of it. (Don Draper style voice and cadence) I liked the separation of the chapters by years for historical value. Also, the candor of the author to share moments and decisions that shaped his failures and successes. Best of all, I liked the unfolding of the story of Phil Knight (with the humorous comments included) as a person that had a crazy idea and would not give up on it. I highly recommend Shoe Dog.

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.