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Shoe Dog - Phil Knight

Shoe Dog

Author Phil Knight

  • Published: 2016-04-26
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Stars
From 117 Customers Review
Price: $14.99


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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Honest and Raw

    From naterbald
    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.
  • I don’t think anyone would rate this book under 5 star

    From Samsepehrkardan
    a must read for everyone!
  • Fascinating

    From Julietta no Romeo
    This book is amazing. It keeps you involved from the first page to the last. Inspiring! So much action, I was looking forward to reading it every day.
  • Great read with surprising insights

    From Richard de Borja
    I came into this book quite skeptical. By the end of it, I was hooked about all the highs and lows that Phil went through to get his small company to flourish and succeed.
  • Enlightening and inspiring.

    From G575
    Enlightening and inspiring.