Shoe Dog

A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2016
April 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
400
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Canada
SIZE
2.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Fff fred ,

Great story great values

How grateful I am for Phil Knight to write the story of Blue Ribbons.  The story is great and shows very well  the importance of business values and how it impacts the team at all times.  This story inspired me to be better in both my personal and business lives. 

naterbald ,

Honest and Raw

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As an entrepreneur and business owner I found myself reliving many of his stories, feelings and emotions. Great book and great story. Phil gave me motivation to find another gear and try to leave my mark on the world.

sedggesyudeu ,

Shoe Dog—VERY BORING

The most BORING book I have ever read recently. It was a painful experience to read this book. I didn’t learn a lot from this book honestly, it is not a good book.

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