Shoe Dog is one of those books I came across thanks to Amazon’s suggestions. To be honest, I had no idea who Phil Knight was but I’m a big fan of biographies — auto and otherwise- and since I was curious about that all-too-familiar Nike Swoosh, I just had to have it. So, I got onto my Amazon (Prime) account, pressed that enticing yellow buy button and received the coveted little brown packet in the mail the very next day. When I opened the box and took out the hardbound book, my roommate took one look at it, judged the book by its cover and sarcastically praised my ability to pick ‘boring’ books. I couldn’t get started on the book right away because I was just finishing another four up (I can’t multitask beyond 4 books) so I put it on my bedside table hoping to get to it soon.
The next day I came back from work only to see my roommate’s nose deeply immersed in a big black book with a familiar red logo on its cover. Turns out Bill Gates named Shoe Dog as one of his top books of 2016 on his Twitter account, and since his word clearly trumps mine, she thought she’d give it a go. As you could’ve guessed by now, she’s no fan of biographies but she just could not put this one down. After a few days she was done with it, and finally after all those recommendations by Amazon, Bill Gates and my roommate, I managed to get my hands on it.
The book, really is, one of the best biographies I’ve ever read.