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One Last Great Thing: A Story of a Father and a Son, a Story of a Life and a Legacy

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Richard Burke, known to many as “The Big Guy,” was a legend. With his friend Bevil Hogg, he founded the Trek Bicycle Corporation in 1976 and then went on to establish the company as one of the leading bicycle companies in the world. He was a man who called his son, John, his best friend. Indeed, they did many great things together: ran the Boston Marathon, followed the Tour de France throughout France, and later ran Trek together. In March 2008, he passed away after complications of heart surgery. The Big Guy ...

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Overview

Richard Burke, known to many as “The Big Guy,” was a legend. With his friend Bevil Hogg, he founded the Trek Bicycle Corporation in 1976 and then went on to establish the company as one of the leading bicycle companies in the world. He was a man who called his son, John, his best friend. Indeed, they did many great things together: ran the Boston Marathon, followed the Tour de France throughout France, and later ran Trek together. In March 2008, he passed away after complications of heart surgery. The Big Guy touched people’s lives in countless ways, and his passing was deeply emotional for many. Now John (current president of Trek Bicycle) has written a powerful tribute to the incredible life his father led and the ways in which he was an inspiring businessman, leader, and person.

Taking readers deep into the history of Trek, John shares how his father taught, trained, and instilled in him the confidence and desire to be a leader. A portrait of a great man, the book culminates with John telling his father on his deathbed of their twenty greatest moments together. This is an intimate portrayal of a father-son relationship filled with poignant experiences and lessons on how to get the most out of life.

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My father was an amazing man and he taught me many of life’s lessons. This book takes you through a great relationship between a father and a son. It takes you through the building of Trek Bicycle, and most importantly it tells the story of how my father and how our family dealt with his fight for life, and ultimately how my father and how our family dealt with his death. Death is a destination that we all share and yet there is so little written about it and so many people are unprepared to deal with it. My father amazed me throughout his life, but he saved his best act for last. The way he dealt with his death is a story that should be of some help to any family facing this most difficult time.

—from the preface

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476711652
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 373,169
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Burke began working at Trek Bicycle in 1984 and has been president of the company since 1997. In addition to leading Trek, John served as chairman of President George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and is a Founding Board Member of the Bikes Belong Coalition. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, John is an avid cyclist and runner and has finished Ironman Wisconsin as well as the Boston and New York Marathons.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    A really good read ... I went through every emotion while readin

    A really good read ... I went through every emotion while reading the book ... Great historical perspective, and insight to what's really important in life ... Valuable for all!

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    Not a great read

    I wanted to like this book by the son of the man who created Trek Bicycle Company, as I own two wonderful Treks. However, it is annoyingly repetitious and maudlin. The author certainly reveals his over-idealism, but I wish he had kept to his original intent, which was to write a book for his children about how important his father was to him. To make this available to the general public just seems like so much narcissism. This very short book could have been half as long, only 50 pages, if he the author had not repeated so many stories three times over. I am very sorry to say this, but no one should buy this book, it should only be given to the author’s family and the family of employees who work at Trek.

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