Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog

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. Se...


Details Shoe Dog

TitleShoe Dog
ISBN9781501135910
Author
Release DateApr 26th, 2016
PublisherScribner
LanguageEnglish
GenreBusiness, Biography, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Sports and Games, Sports
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Reviews Shoe Dog

  • Wendy S.
    2016-04-26
    This book made me cry. Twice! I did not know a book about what I had previously viewed as the definition of a big corporation could have that sort of power. I was wrong. Phil Knight had been an unfamiliar name to me before I picked up this memoir. That, in itself, seems strange. I mean, I had no idea he's from Portland, Oregon, or that, by trade, he's an accountant, or that he identifies as an introvert. I didn't know he had met his wife while te...
  • Brina
    2017-07-15
    Growing up in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s, as a collective society we were in awe of Michael Jordan. Not only did we imagine ourselves draining the decisive jump shot to seal the title, we also had to use every product that he endorsed; Gatorade, Wheaties, Coca-Cola, and, of course, Nike Air Jordan shoes. Nike most likely would not be where it is today without the sponsorship of Jordan and subsequent Jordan Brands, so when I found out that the...
  • Brad Feld
    2016-05-28
    I think Shoe Dog by Phil Knight is the best memoir I’ve ever read by a business person.I consumed it in a day last week. It’s about the origin story of Nike, which started out as Blue Ribbon Sports.Unlike so many memoirs, it’s not an equally balanced arc through Knight’s life. It’s not an ego gratifying display of his awesomeness, heavily weighted in the success of the company and all the amazing things that went on around that. Instead...
  • Ned Frederick
    2016-05-02
    Shoe Dog could have been titled, "Buck Naked", because of the way Phil "Buck" Knight bares his soul in this fine memoir. I'm grateful to Knight for putting it all down in black and white. My 12 years with Nike started toward the end of the timeframe of this memoir, and so a lot of what Knight chronicles in Shoe Dog was the core of the Nike creation myth, revealed piecemeal to most of us in the late 70's and early 80's... usually in the form of hu...
  • مشاري الإبراهيم
    2018-01-16
    (نايك) مشهورة لكن فِل نايت (مؤسس نايك) شخصية مجهولة تمامًا بالنّسبة لي. بعد قراءة سيرته توصّلت إلى أهمّية نشرها، لأنّ الرجل كسر الصورة النمطية لرائد الأعمال العالمي الناجح. فاجأتني صفاته التي في الغالب لا يربطها النّاس مع ريادة الأعمال والنّجاح. مث...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    2017-08-17
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب، خاطراتِ مالکِ شرکت بزرگِ "نایکی" میباشد و به بهترین شکلِ ممکن نشان داده است که چگونه از کجا به کجا رسیده است و همچون دونده ای تیزپا از منطقهٔ پورتلند، این مسیرِ پیشرفت را طی کرده است... نمیتوان کتاب را چکیده کرد، امّا به انت...
  • TS Chan
    2017-06-20
    “Let everyone else call your idea crazy.. just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.” In other words, Just Do It!Nike is the ultimate American dream. And it all started when a twenty-four year old Oregonian suddenly had this Crazy Idea of bringing Japanese running shoes, specifically the Onitsuka Tigers, into th...
  • Andrew Smith
    2017-09-29
    I’m not sure when I became aware of Nike – maybe sometime around the millennium? Certainly not before that. I was therefore astounded to learn that the company had been founded in the early 1970’s, with the aim of producing and selling sports shoes. In fact, the co-founder (and major driving force), Phil Knight, was a runner in college and his driving goal was to produce top class running shoes. We first catch up with Phil, a native of Oreg...
  • Supreeth
    2017-08-10
    "I’d tell men and women in their midtwenties not to settle for a job or a profession or even a career. Seek a calling. Even if you don’t know what that means, seek it. If you’re following your calling, the fatigue will be easier to bear, the disappointments will be fuel, the highs will be like nothing you’ve ever felt."All I wanted to Hear !
  • Michael
    2016-03-11
    JUST DO IT. Those words are the life story of Phil Knight. To every athlete, entrepreneur, mother, father, and dreamer his greatest legacy will be a life well played. More valuable than his pledge of giving back to society $100,000,000 a year, Phil 'Found His Greatness' in life by inspiring us all to play harder, dig deeper and never quit. Thank you, Phil.This book is well worth every hard-won word, shared and earned over 50+ years of grueling co...
  • Masoud Irannejad
    2017-09-17
    تبدیل شد به بهترین کتابی که تا حالا خوندم فیل نایت با نوشتن این کتاب مارو دعوت میکنه تا به مدت 19 سال از زندگیش رو همراهش باشیم قدم به قدم همراهش به جلو میریم، از روزی که ایده ی واردات کفش از ژاپن به ذهنش رسید تا روزی که سهام شرکتش رو عرضه عمومی میکنهتو...
  • Wen
    2017-12-30
    Easily one of my all-time favorite business books, out there with Liar’s Poker and The Snowball. From cover to cover it exuded positive vibes; a nice kick-start for my 2018 reading year. The key messages conveyed by this memoir were not unlike those in biographies authored by founders of other successful businesses: marry career with passion, place subordinates according to their talents etc. etc. And yet Phil Knight expertly presented the mort...
  • Lisa
    2017-12-14
    Shoe Dog is an extraordinary hero's journey, an epic tale of faith, unparalleled determination, excellence, failure, triumph, hard-earned wisdom, and love. It's nothing short of a miracle that Nike exists. I finished the last sentence in complete awe, inspired and grateful for the experience.--Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens
  • Fryeday
    2016-05-10
    I adored this book right from the beginning. The intro felt magical. I read Bowerman's biography written by Kenny Moore, who was a teammate of Phil Knight's on the Oregon track team. So I got a little of the history of Blue Ribbon Sports through that account, but not much about the change into Nike. Plus that account focused more on the making/designing of the shoes, which was where Bowerman was revolutionary. Phil Knight spills his entire guts i...
  • W. Whalin
    2016-06-27
    Co-founder of Nike, Phil Knight, has a remarkable life story of starting this world-wide shoe brand. I love reading memoirs and the story has places with keen interest--yet other areas are boring and could have been easily cut. The results is something OK but NOT amazing and page-turning for the reader. The 386 pages could have been cut to something like 200 or 225 and been much better. It's OK and worth reading.
  • Frank
    2016-05-07
    Picked this up hoping it would be a fascinating and inspirational book about leadership and passion. Well... it was an interesting book, at least. It follows Phil Knight's professional career starting from a small running shoe importer up until Nike becoming a publicly traded company. Other reviewers have said they were disappointed that it doesn't cover the birth of Air Jordan, and I would have to agree that it feels like part of the story is mi...
  • Mallika Saharia
    2016-05-27
    Any successful business has had its share of ups and downs which later on, makes for a absolute cracker of a story. But when narrated by an athlete with the same energy as that of Prefontaine, it can only fan your flames for pursuing your passion, in one way or the other. Just do it.
  • Huyen Chip
    2017-05-12
    Great story. There is grit, passion, and drama. Phil Knight described with amazing details his journey from selling shoes out of his car to building a multi-billion dollar company. It'd have been an perfect from zero to hero story if it wasn't for its elitism. All important people in Phil Knight's life seem to be rich and powerful. Knight's parents paid for his college, for his expensive MBA. Then the 24 year old Knight asked for even more money ...
  • Austin Haukinz
    2016-09-22
    Overall: Meh. This book doesn't contain much. No real business or leadership insight. Not even an interesting story about the formation of Nike. Mostly the life of Phil Knight and Nike's early legal trouble. Truth be told, Phil Knight sounds to be an all around self-absorbed individual. Not someone I'd ever look up to. I'm still a fan of Nike products, just not this book.
  • Emilie22
    2016-09-05
    Loved this book and it was a perfect plane book except for the two parts where I teared up and tried to inconspicuously wipe away the silent tears. Having just started business school and completed a class on leadership, it's fascinating to see yet another example of leader who unconsciously did some textbook things of a great leader and consciously did some thing of a "bad" leader. Early on, Knight ignores a team member and intentionally doesn't...
  • MacyY_C2
    2017-09-10
    This book was really inspirational and I think that it's a great book for people that would want to do business in the future or if they just need some inspiration. People's accomplishments always amazes us and we praise and remember people for their achievements but we never look on the other side. The side of failure. Mistakes. Grit. And most importantly, hope. What we don't see is all the teamwork, determination, and hard-working people and th...
  • Христо Блажев
    2017-07-17
    Навярно лекарството за всеки бърнаут, мислех си, е просто да работиш повече: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/i...“Изкуството на победата” е книга за бягането и за постоянното рискуване на всичко. Найт ми звучи пределно откровен, а разказът му от първо лице теч...
  • Shopen
    2017-11-24
    "Човек бива запомнен заради правилата, които които нарушава". Прекрасно поднесена история от човек, който има какво да разкаже.Беше приятно преживяване...Благодаря ти, Фил Найт!
  • Barnabas Piper
    2017-04-09
    Absolutely brilliant and not at all what I expected. I thought it would be a narrative retelling of the origins of Nike in business book form. Instead it was a memoir of the motivations and actions of the founder. So the tale was told, but the flavor was dramatically different. It is unapologetically first person self-focused, but that was the point. And it worked so well. I also had no idea how Nike began, so the origin story portion was fascina...
  • Aldo Aguirre
    2016-11-24
    My favorite book of the year so far. Knight shares the personal, honest, vulnerable side of building an empire. The prose is beautiful, the lessons are great. My favorite thing of this book is that it portrays perfectly how building a business isn't about being a smart 'businessman', but about the people that surround you, hard work and good luck. I had never been a sports fan until very recently. In the last 3 years I found a new interest in ten...
  • Sean Liu
    2016-07-17
    Fantastic - probably the best book I've read this year (next to When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi). I'd say this book is probably way more enjoyable if you're not familiar with the history of Nike or its founder, Phil Knight. The book is beautifully written, and Phil's voice shines through as both smart and honest. Knight spends most of the book returning to the real-life business and relationship challenges of founding a company and mana...
  • Fred Forbes
    2017-02-07
    Very pleasantly surprised at the power of this book! No co-author, apparently, and he certainly does not need one. The writing is impassioned, concise and insightful. I know some of the Nike story, but never the depth of the details and personalities as outlined here. Brought me back to the early to mid 70's when I worked for a small consumer electronics firm in the Midwest, the same period in this tale. Many of the incidents were similar - young...
  • Jo
    2016-04-27
    One of the best memoirs I have ever readI saw Mr. Knight being interviewed by Robin Roberts on good morning America, the interview was interesting and he mentioned this book . I immediately downloaded this and start reading and was so surprised how good it was. I was afraid that this book would only be interesting to athletics, I was very wrong . This book should be a catechism for anyone who has a dream. Mr. Knight brilliantly shares his story o...
  • Fab Mackojc
    2016-06-11
    “Life is growth. You grow or you die."This is Phil Knight’s memoir of how he started selling Japanese running shoes out of his car and eventually turned that business into the massive public company that Nike is today. The quote above best encapsulates his philosophy on how to run a business: strive for growth. Massive growth. It’s ridiculous how often they struggled to pay their bills because they just poured all their cash into buying mor...
  • Kristjan
    2016-08-01
    By far the best business person memoir I’ve ever read. Phil is not afraid to admit his mistakes and stand up for all the good things Nike stands for. "Life is growth. You grow or you die."I'll look at my Nike shoes differently from now on.