Shoe Dog by Phil Knight audiobook

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

By Phil Knight
Read by Norbert Leo Butz

Simon & Schuster Audio
13.36 Hours Unabridged
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this instant and tenacious 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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In this instant and tenacious 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Shoe Dog is an extraordinary hero’s journey…I finished the last sentence in complete awe, inspired and grateful for the experience.” Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author
“[A] beautiful, startling, intimate book…[a] remarkable saga of innovation and survival and triumph.” Andre Agassi, tennis champion and New York Times bestselling author
“A fresh historical prospective on one of the most profiled companies in the world…[Shoe Dog] builds characters of the people behind the brand, many of whom we’ve never heard of.” ESPN.com
“Loaded with hard-earned wisdom.” Portland Business Journal Review
“A rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh.” Booklist (starred review)
“Phil Knight, cofounder and chairman, writes page-turner prose about his adventures in making the company the brand we know today. Narrator Norbert Leo Butz is no less impressive. He infuses his delivery with drama and suspense, keeping the listener engaged with each chapter…portraying the chairman as a straight-shooting, no-nonsense leader who keeps winning because he’s relentless in his pursuit of success…Butz supplies listeners with the story behind it all. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Students of business, for whom Nike is a well-established case study, may want to have this view straight from the source.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Phil Knight

Author Bio: Phil Knight

Philip Hampson “Phil” Knight is an American business magnate and philanthropist. A native of Oregon, he is the co-founder and chairman of Nike, Inc., and previously served as CEO of the company. He is also the owner of the stop motion film production company Laika.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 13.36
Audience: Adult
Language: English