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Publisher's Summary

One of the most successful Black businessmen in the country, who has led Nike’s Jordan Brand from a $200 million sneaker company to a $4 billion global apparel juggernaut, tells the remarkable story of his rise from gangland violence to the pinnacles of international business.

Jump tells Larry Miller’s journey from the violent streets of West Philly in the 1960s to the highest echelons of American sports and industry. Miller wound up in jail more than once, especially as a teenager. But he immersed himself in the educational opportunities, eventually took advantage of a Pennsylvania state education-release program offered to incarcerated people, and was able to graduate with honors from Temple University.

When revealing his gangland past caused him to lose his first major job opportunity, Miller vowed to keep it a secret. He climbed the corporate ladder with a number of companies such as Kraft Foods, Campbell’s Soup, and Jantzen, until Nike hired him to run its domestic apparel operations. Around the time of Michael Jordan’s basketball retirement, Nike Chairman Phil Knight made Larry Miller president of the newly formed Jordan Brand. In 2007 Paul Allen convinced Miller to jump to the NBA to become president of the Portland Trailblazers, one of the first African Americans to lead a professional sports team, before returning to Jordan Brand in 2012.

All along, Miller lived two lives: The secret of his violent past haunted him, invading his days with migraines and his sleep with nightmares of getting hauled back to jail. More than a rags-to-riches story, Jump is also a passionate appeal for criminal justice reform and expanded educational opportunities for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people across the United States. Drawing on his powerful personal story, as well as his vast and well-connected network, Miller plans to use Jump as a launching point to help expand such opportunities and to provide an aspirational journey for those who need hope.

©2021 Larry Miller (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love love this book!

Very Inspirational it took a extreme amount of courage to tell this story, a story of pain, suffering, love,redemption and forgiveness. Bravo to the writers!👏🏾✊🏾🖤🕊

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Great story

It was a very good read. hope its a movie to follow this great story.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the book “Jump”.

Jump is a riveting story of an African American man’s journey from the mean streets of Philadelphia to the pinnacles of the corporate world. His story is both raw and captivating. The metamorphosis that Larry Miller goes through is somewhat miraculous. His first person narrative is quite revealing. Additionally, the reading of the book was clear and easy to listen to.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read or listen.

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Exceptional Story

I was intrigued and amazed throughout. I was drawn in by the personal story and the professional story of success. Such an inspiration to the culture. I raise a fist. #powertothepeople

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  • 03-15-22

A great story

A really excellent book. It’s almost surprising that one guy’s life can have so many different brushes with history

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Inspiring

Loved this book from start to finish. I could picture each scene vividly as the reader read.

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Great book

Best book I’ve ever read. The story is down to Earth and encouraging. I recommend this book to ALL readers



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Impactful. Important. Relevant.

I found myself making time to exercise so I could listen more. The story is compelling, well written, and well narrated. It was as enjoyable as a novel, but with a purpose. I hope this will show the world the power of redemption and begin to change how we view giving people second chances.

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Diamond in the rough

I can not tell you how much this blessed my heart Mr. Miller. Could you just fly to Wichita KS so I could meet you in person. Lol
So glad no more headaches, bad dreams, or even heart aches. Gods covering on your new endeavor and purpose. Love always, Ms. Kowonia

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ENCOURAGING

Loved it...encouraged my 16 and 18 year old grandsons to read and to write a book report, give it to me, I will know that it's been read.

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Loved it

Loved every thing about it. Larry’s life story and the story teller Jackson’s voice was very clear (the deep voice he did for MJ was sexy 😉)
The life story shows you that when you hit rock bottom, get up and get back into the game for a win