Shoe Dog: A Book Review


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Although memoir is my genre this was one I didn’t want to read (another’s  book club choice) but it hooked me from page 1 and I couldn’t put it down. This memoir of Phil Knight and Nike was a tale with dramtic peaks and troughs, moving swiftly from one crisis to the next. It was motivational and inspiring. I felt that the band of misfits (including the author) would never have made it in a conventional world but under Knight’s skilful lack of management they all flourished to make Nike what it is today. This is a book that business men should read, sportsmen would relate to, shoe dogs would understand and the average person, such as myself, would enjoy as a jolly good read, written with a distinctive voice that you know is as truthful as those in the company showed themselves to be in the court case. I for one will be looking at shoes differently and that swoosh has definitely taken on new meaning for me.

Available from Amazon  I would highly recommend it.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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11 Responses to Shoe Dog: A Book Review

  1. Luanne says:

    It sounds interesting. What is a shoe dog, though?!

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    Interesting. Good writing if it hooked you from the first page!

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  3. Wow. I would never have picked this up if I’d seen it on the shelf. Great review…off to take a peek.

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  4. Great review, Irene, especially as you didn’t even want to read it at first. Glad you took a chance.

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