NonFictionBookclub “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight & U Dog too
March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:20 pm EST
All doglovers & dogs are invited to join my coed bookclub on Tuesday, March 7 to discuss the insightful, fascinating, riveting, gripping, candid, revealing, extraordinary memoir,”Shoe Dog”: A Memoir By the Creator of Nike” by Phil Knight.
In this instant & tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder & board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare & 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 & its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, & profitable brands. Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 & called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, & chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, & 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 & 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, & 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,
corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors & hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart & soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible & charismatic Bill Bowerman, & with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits & savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers. Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision & a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand—& a culture—that changed everything.
We’ll enjoy a stimulating & fun discussion with wonderful booklover & doglover company, while enjoying a virtual happy. I can’t wait til I see you if I have the privilege on March 7 &/or prior
“The ultimate entrepreneur’s guide to the top of the mountain. I could not put it down.” Wall Street Journal
“A fascinating warts-and-all account of the company’s early years, a rascally tale of scrappiness and survival, a great read . . . Knight provides plenty of entertaining reading and laugh-out-loud moments.”Motley Fool