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 (47)

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!

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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

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.