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Shoe Dog: A Memoir By The Creator Of Nike

byPhil Knight

Hardcover | April 26, 2016

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In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman 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.

Young, searching, 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 Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963. 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 more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it’s 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. Now, in a memoir that’s surprising, humble, unfiltered, funny, and beautifully crafted, he tells his story at last. It all begins with a classic crossroads moment. Twenty-four years old, backpacking through Asia and Europe and Africa, wrestling with life’s Great Questions, Knight decides the unconventional path is the only one for him. Rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, something new, dynamic, different. Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors, the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes. Above all, he recalls the foundational 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 redemptive, transformative power of sports, they created a brand, and a culture, that changed everything.
Philip Knight is an American businesman magnate and philanthropist. He was born in 1938 in Oregon and is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is the co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Nike, Inc. His memoir entitled Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, is a New York Times bests...
Title:Shoe Dog: A Memoir By The Creator Of NikeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501135910

ISBN - 13:9781501135910


Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing!! a must read for anyone! so interesting to read about the beginnings of the most well known brand in the world
Date published: 2019-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insighfull A good read specially for a history buff. Interesting and engaging
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED!! Must read for all business minded souls...amazing look into the world of the legendary swoosh!!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great listen! History of Nike....Must for all business minded souls...amazing look into the world of the legendary swoosh!!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Bought this on a whim do not usually read memoir's, but was a fascinating read, enjoyed the history behind Nike
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very interesting, honest and open story. I long awaiting purchasing this book and it was good, but there was far too much detail about things that I did not find necessary to share about the story. I seeked more content about the actual shoe brand and how sucess came to the company. Very interesting, honest and open story, just could have been condensed of focused on other aspects of the journey.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! Initially bought this because I love Nike so it sparked my interest, but I did not expect to love it as much as I instantly did. As soon as I picked it up I couldn't put it down. So inspiring and it made me love Nike even more.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down I was fascinated by the story of Nike and Phil Knight. And while I love reading business stories like this, I think anybody would learn a lot and enjoy reading Shoe Dog.
Date published: 2018-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing read! this was an amazing read. Learning into the life of the creditor of Nike! You wont be upset if you buy this book! i can promise you that
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable Read This was a great read, every time I had to put the book down I counted down the time until I could get back into it. This is a very inspirational story for any entrepreneur. one of the best books I read this past year
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best This was the fastest I have ever read a book; I simply could not put it down. The writing style flowed nicely and the way Phil puts it all out on the table for the reader makes this a story that draws you in and has you rooting for Phil's success on every page, year, and chapter of his life. Sure to inspire all readers. Whether you are a businessman, sneaker head, or just happened to stumble upon this book, there's something to be gained from this book for all.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great character If you've ever wondered what it takes to become a trailblazer then read this story. Very humble roots for one of the most iconic brands in history
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great inspirational read! Would recommend this book to anyone who need some life/career inspiration! I love the brand Nike, and reading this book made me appreciate the brand even more.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great book, Phil Knight explains us how he persevered to create the company that we know today as Nike.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good insightt into life Loved how it spoke about an area of sport and culture that I didnt know much about
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic insight into a great brand I have long been a fan of Nike and their innovation. To finally get the no-holds-barred story from the man behind the brand himself, was truly eye opening. Although the book leaves out a large portion of the story (the latter half of the brand's existence almost) what it does include is a fantastic look at the companies humble beginnings, the struggles to get financial backing and notoriety, and the inner workings of Phil Knight himself. I couldn't put this down. It was fantastically well written, and Phil Knight himself is a great story teller. It's not just another book from some rich CEO; it's an inspiring and relatable memoir for anyone wanting to get their ideas out and their voice heard. Would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was thoroughly inspired by this This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. Phil Knight has had such an interesting life. This book makes me believe that anything can happen, and everyone you meet has something unique to offer the world. Fantastic.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Fun to read how Nike became the major brand it is today
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Interesting An interesting read, and I bet it would surprise a lot of you how Nike came to be what it is today.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Bio Really enjoyed this journey story.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read From beginning to end this book had me hooked. You want to see what Phil is thinking, how he gets through the hardships and the impact it has on his relationships. I loved it.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful autobiography This book is wonderful! I enjoyed every single element in which Phil Knight explained. Great job!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I enjoyed reading this! I bought this book about a week ago and I've finished reading it. This book has helped me know not only about the history of Nike but also helped me gain more respect for the Nike brand. It's one man's search for something greater and his journey towards improvement and success. I strongly recommend this book to any entrepreneur or anyone seeking their purpose in life. #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An honest tale of Phil Knight's road to success I found this book through the Bill Gate's recommended book list. I absolutely loved this book and could hardly put it down during the Christmas season. It was honest and engaging.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I enjoyed learning about a brand that I love to wear. Super interesting character. Was a bit disappointed with depth of past of company vs quick overview of present. But all in all a great read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring! I thought this book was so good I read it twice! It is incredibly well written and I like that Knight discusses not just the successes, but some of the company's roadblocks along the way too. I also appreciate that he pointed out some of his weaknesses and gave credit to the team that helped get Nike to where it is today. His story felt more humble and gracious compared to other memoirs I've read.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good Enjoyed reading on a long flight.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read inspiring. given the fact that iam a huge nike fan
Date published: 2017-05-22
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awe-ing! I bought this book and read it within two weeks. It kind of begins slow but it really picks up. Though this is technically a book relating to business & entrepreneurial - its actually a really good story and very informative as to how Nike grew to be what it is. I learned a lot and I felt really inspired.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible an incredible story about a very interesting man
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Autobiographies that I have ever read Phil Knight takes you through the adventures of his life, from traveling to the start up of one of the most successful business ever, this book is a Great Read....Life and Business lessons are taught and learned along the way. Highly Recommended.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening. Funny. Captivating Honestly, I had fairly low expectations of this read and approached it presuming it might be dry, though written by an accountant ;). After the very first paragraph I was totally hooked. I loved Knights writing style, and humorous approach. This entertaining memoir truly reads like epic fiction. Story telling at its finest. A surprising treat. Ive been telling everyone who will listen to me to read it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring for Motivation What an awesome read, even if you are not into the Nike thing. You can take away more from the book than what is there. Great for self motivation.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read So well written and so readable. An incredible success story that almost didn't happen so many times. An excellent example of perseverance paying off.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fair Self aggrandizement anyone?
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Phil knight Ive never read this but I did a class project on him a while ago and he was okay to learn about I guess.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from humdrum Oh please another book about "look at me I made it."
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revealing For someone who follows sports pretty closely, the name Phil Knight is a name you occasionally hear due to Nike's presence. Never thought much of the man behind arguably the biggest corporation in sports wear but this memoir was just so riveting, so revealing and so insightful. I wish all memoirs were as good of a read as this.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story A true icon of his generation who took the world of athletic footwork to unprecedented levels. Great stories in this book!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring I read this so fast. I couldnt put it down. Phil Knight overcame such huge obstacles that it makes me feel super whiney whenever i give up/ complain about anything. good read
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational A great book with lots of great back story you can't find anywhere else.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting Read Amazing story of the success achieved by someone who took chances and never gave up on their dreams and passions.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results" A well written memoir and enjoyable read of a company that really came from nothing. It was a fun, dramatic and emotional adventure of his life he wishes to rehearse. It's not a book on how to start a company but it does touch on Knight's athlete-mindset on how he approached building a business. Knowing the struggles and betrayals Nike has to overcome, I now look at the brand in 3D and truly admire the work Knight and his small eccentric team has done for sports.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting interesting The gumption this man had and the work ethic. Inspiring.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic This book was very enlightening and eye opening
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I found it hard to put this one down. Recommended!
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nike lovers love this book. adventure of nike
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard work, dedication, and a little luck! This memoir is a great insight to the necessary hard work it takes to create a world wide brand. Knight paints a vivd picture of living with piles of Japanese shoe boxes stacked in his parents basement, making people head of imagined divisions on the east coast to impress foreign shoe makers, and balancing a family life while travelling across the Pacific ocean throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It is an enthralling tale that had me turning page after page very quickly.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just read it! Wonderful read. Nike took a lot of work to get on track and this book will entertain you with that journey.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! This was an amazing book! I love it!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Just bought this book and his story is amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fun read! Cool to read and understand the history of a brand that I love so much. Very enjoyable book. Highly recommend to this to anyone thinking about becoming an entrepreneur so as to see how much failure it took to make one of the most successful companies there is today.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this book I really enjoyed reading the story of NIKE and the obstacles he overcame to create an amazing company. I would recommend it to anyone with a business background. Not sure others would find it as captivating. Fun to see how world has changed in last 50 years.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Great Story Loved finding out the whole back story about Nike and the man behind the brand. Was such a delight reading this book and learning more about Phil Knight. He takes us on a journey through the story of the brand and the details that he puts in made me feel like I went through it with him. This memoir was everything I was looking for when picking it up.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light and easy read! I bought this book and chipped away at it for a couple weeks. It was well written and an "easy" read. I didn't have that "dying to finish the book" feeling that I usually aim for, but it was an interesting rad for anyone who loves the Nike brand or has an interest in athletics!
Date published: 2016-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! Phil Knight is no doubt a legend in the world of sport but this book adds so much to the Nike story. We see the commercials and the beautiful shoes but now, with this awesome read, Phil gives us the opportunity to see the humble beginnings of this empire.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it - great read!! As a PE teacher, I was inspired to pick this up as the athletic part intrigued me. As soon as I began reading it, I couldn't put it down. From Phil Knight's initial journey stopping in Hawaii to finally going public as a company, I found it so REAL, intriguing and inspirational how hard the journey was and how accomplished Nike has become. It is a company to be proud of and I have recommended this memoir to many of my friends. It is very well written, flows easily and the company has such great work ethic and integrity. I have learned a lot. You won't be disappointed :)
Date published: 2016-07-01

Editorial Reviews

“A fascinating warts-and-all account of the company’s early years, a rascally tale of scrappiness and survival, a great read . . . Knight provides plenty of entertaining reading and laugh-out-loud moments.”—Motley Fool