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Author: Phil Knight Narrator: Norbert Leo Butz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508211815

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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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  • “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.”

  • “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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  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Norbert Leo Butz is an American actor, singer, and narrator best known for his work in Broadway theater. He is a two-time winner of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical and is one of only nine actors ever to have won the award twice as lead actor.