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Shoe Dog

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Norbert Leo Butz

13 Hours 23 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

April 2016

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In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO 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.In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father and created a company with a simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his lime green Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed $8,000 his first year. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In an age of startups, Nike is the ne plus ultra of all startups, and the swoosh has become a revolutionary, globe-spanning icon, one of the most ubiquitous and recognizable symbols in the world today. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, in a memoir that is candid, humble, gutsy, and wry, he tells his story, beginning with his crossroads moment. At twenty-four, after backpacking around the world, he decided to take the unconventional path, to start his own business-a business that would be dynamic, different. Knight details the many risks and daunting setbacks that stood between him and his dream-along with his early triumphs. Above all, he recalls the formative relationships with his first partners and employees, a ragtag group of misfits and seekers who became a tight-knit band of brothers. Together, harnessing the transcendent power of a shared mission, and a deep belief in the spirit of sport, they built a brand that changed everything.

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  • Dianna DeMaglio

    this is an amazing book! great outlook on a great company!

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  • paul casey

    I listened to the book driving from Indiana to Charlotte for my daughters dive Meet. Narration was very good. There was one section I thought he may have a cold. I thought that added to the fun. As far as the book goes, I thought it interesting how a group of misfits could form a Fortune 500 company. I'm not sure if the book was edited that way or that's really how it went down. It was us vs the world type of narration and I felt myself cheering for the company to succeed.

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  • Chris Salazar

    I love this book. I hate the fact I have only one hour left!

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  • Paul Dingwitz

    Great book. Such an inspiring book. So many challenges overcome. Amazing how things turned out the way they did.

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  • Jerrod Clancy

    Great easy listen about such an iconic company and brand!

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  • Saumya Raj

    An easy and light listen. Not super insightful but pleasant nonetheless.

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  • Mindaugas Sujeta

    Great story, I could not stop listening. I enjoyed the story and the narrator.

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  • Logan Paolini

    One of the best business memoirs available. It is such a great read!

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  • Jared Valdez

    One of the best books I've read. Hands down.

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  • juan rodriguez

    Banged out in 2 days. Great story, everyone should get this book

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