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By Phil Knight. 2016
<P>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. <P>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. <P>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. <P>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. <P>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. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Mark Arax, Rick Wartzman. 2003
J.G. Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. He built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians,…labor unions and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate "factory in the fields." The King of California is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s,drained one of America 's biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell 's agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin - is unrivaled anywhere.Much more than a business story, this is a sweeping social history that details the saga of cotton growers who were chased from the South by the boll weevil and brought their black farmhands to California. It is a gripping read with cameos by a cast of famous characters, from Cecil B. DeMille to Cesar Chavez.
By Amanda Ziller. 2011
Steve Jobs revolutionized the way we work, listen to music, watch movies, and communicate. By pushing boundaries and always thinking…one step ahead, Jobs became an icon, equally as famous for his advanced ideas and design aesthetic as his sleek black turtlenecks. What inspired him? How did he do his job? What made him the man he was? Grades 5-8. 2011.
The rags-to-riches story of Andrew Carnegie, who rose from an impoverished Scottish immigrant to become the wealthiest man in the…world after he sold his business interests to J.P. Morgan in 1900. In retirement, Carnegie became known for establishing libraries throughout the world. For senior high and older readers. 1997.
By Ben Mezrich, Lucie Delplanque. 2010
L'histoire de Facebook, de la création d'une base de données répertoriant les filles de l'université Harvard par les deux étudiants,…Eduardo Saverin et Mark Zuckerberg, au succès du site web d'aujourd'hui qui réunit 200 millions de personnes. Pour les lecteurs du collégial. Quelques passages où le langage est grossier et quelques descriptions de nature sexuelle. 2009, c2010. Titre uniforme: The accidental billionaires.
By Paul Collins. 1977
By Catherine Thimmesh. 2000
By Aaron Boyd. 1995
The author relates how Gates' reputation for being a difficult person did not hamper his quick rise to the top…of the computer industry. Gates was introduced to his first computer in high school about the same time he announced that he would be a millionaire by the age of thirty. Using his knowledge of computer software and his business savvy to form Microsoft, Gates instead became a multibillionaire. Grades 5-8. 1995.