Book Review of
Jump by Larry Miller is a memoir published in 2022.
Jump: My Secret Journey From the Streets to the Boardroom is a fascinating story. The first half of this book took me to the streets of West Philadelphia, a place that I knew nothing about. The second half took me to NW Oregon and place that I know very well.
Jump is the story of Larry Miller who worked for Nike and was one of the founders of Nike’s Jordon Brand. He helped grow Nike and Jordan into what we know it as today.
He also worked for the NBA team, the Portland Trailblazers, and Jantzen, a well-known swimwear company based in Portland.
But Larry Miller held a secret past. No one in the business and celebrity world around him knew that he grew up on drug and crime-ridden streets of Philidelphia. Or that he did time in prison for a crime that haunts him.
Larry shares his story of family, crime, drugs, prison, his time with the Nation of Islam, how prison helped him graduate from college, and how he overcame it all to be a huge success in the business world.
A reader recommended this book to me because they knew that I loved the book Shoe Dog and that I grew up in Oregon and was familiar with the area of Portland and Beaverton that this book is about. I can’t remember who recommended this to me, but I am so glad that I did.
This is a great book for sports fans, memoir fans, and those who love a good business type of book.
And if you loved the book Shoe Dog, pick this one up. It is a great follow-up to Phil Knight’s memoir.