Shoe Dog - Phil Knight

Shoe Dog

By Phil Knight

  • Release Date: 2016-04-26
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 2,890 Ratings


In this instant and tenacious New York Times 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.


  • Inspiring

    By cdizzle00
    Phill Knight does an incredible job of pulling you into his world as he describes his greatest triumphs and failures in a way that leaves you inspired and full of desire to chase your own dreams! A must read!
  • Captivating and motivational

    By Alpihitman
    A book that’s hard to put down and it has many valuable lessons in life and gives a lot of insight into how such a great business was founded on global thinking.
  • The Last Quarter Disappointed Me

    By Khaleel O.
    The Jordan Era is missing. Unforgivable!
  • Fantastic read!

    By akamelborne
    Great book. Easy read. As a small business owner, very encouraging.
  • Seek your calling me never stop

    By _Chris2pher2_
    An enormously powerful and inspiring autobiography with deep lessons on every page. If you’re looking for a book to expand your imagination, paint the art of the possible and identify your sense of purpose in life - this one’s for you!
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

    By bobthebuilder200118
    It is a very good book. I recommend reading.
  • Excellent

    By Alejandro538
    Very inspiring and interesting book. From his stories as a young adult to his current role in NIKE.
  • Wow!

    By ReadtoImprove
    What a fantastic book. The true definition of a page turner.
  • Shoe Dog

    By Joebook
    Phil is a master storyteller. He makes entrepreneurship interesting and disheartening at the same time.
  • Didn’t expect to love it, to be touched by it

    By carol don
    A story of many things: perseverance, integrity, humor, sadness, anger, debacles, holding one’s breath for the outcomes, love, comradeship, determination, grit, guts, the American dream (or one of them). I wept through most the last chapter. Thank you for sharing your life with us.