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 (58)

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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.

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Written by Felicia M. on February 21st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love, love this, one of my favorite books.

Written by Kevin L. on January 28th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed listening to this! Interesting insight to a global brand! I’d have love to hear a bit more about the stars he worked with!

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Written by Federico S. on November 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 4/5

il. Best audiobook and performance I’ve ever listened to.

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Written by Thomas K. on November 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I aways listen while Im working. I’ve listened to thousands of hours of random content. Ive never sat down and only listened. This book made me do that. The narrator makes you feel as if your going on the journey with Phil. Best audiobook and performance I’ve ever listened to.

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Written by Kumaran M. on November 16th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An unbelievable memoir. I still remember buying my first Nike shoe. I was in grade 7 and had saved up money from a holiday job. A green and white Nike Air ace. It was slightly big for me but it was the only Nike in the store that I could afford. But I didn’t care, I owned a Nike. As an adult whose starting of my own business, hearing the preseverance and commitment that Phil Knight showed in his business made me realize that all good things take time. I am deeply grateful for all the Oregon guys efforts in changing the world. As an adult who enjoys going for runs to clear my head, I feel privileged to own and use an incredible product and be part of the lifestyle. Thank you Phil Knight. The narrator did a great job and made listening a pleasure. An absolutely brilliant audiobook.

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Written by Robert P. on August 30th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book and narration!

Written by Allen F. on August 26th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved this book and one of my favorites !

Written by Silke K. on June 13th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Incredibly well written and well narrated. I have not enjoyed a book so much in a long time. Very interesting.

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.