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

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

by John Burke


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A powerful, honest, and inspiring tribute to the incredible life of Richard Burke, the founder of Trek Bicycle Corporation, written by his son John.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982117696
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 807,669
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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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One Last Great Thing: A Story of a Father and a Son, a Story of a Life and a Legacy 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ChrisGunnare More than 1 year ago
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!
BillJackson49 More than 1 year ago
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.