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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "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.”


  • “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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