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 (66)

Written by Diana L. on September 5th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great, inspiring

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Written by Anonymous on July 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story and great narration.

Written by Franklin chicas on May 23rd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A true underdog story!

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Written by Doyla on May 22nd, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great book. I’m a small business owner and found this very helpful while one travels thru the develop times of ownership. Great read for anyone that is involved with entrepreneurship.

Written by Anonymous on February 12th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very well written, very interesting and well read

Written by Martin T. on February 4th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have been thinking about listening to this book for a while now, and was it ever worth the wait! Once I started, there was no stopping and I now have to wait two weeks for my next book. Superb narration by Norbert Leo Butz!

Written by Thabo M. on January 24th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Super Book. This is how a story needs to be told.

Written by Joseph H. on December 5th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

how do you spell humorous look at the start of a great company. I was entertained from beginning to end

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Written by Santos C. on July 10th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narration complemented the story

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Written by Greg J. on June 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Really insightful story, easy to listen to and some things to take away with you.

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.