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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446528013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446528016
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Teutul Sr., Paul M. Teutul, and Michael Teutul all live in and around Montgomery, New York, where they operate their famed Orange County Choppers shop.

Customer Reviews

I was a huge fan of Orange County Choppers.
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He read it in about three days and then went back to re-read specific parts.
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I bought this book to send to my son in Iraq.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Collier H. Swecker on November 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be an excellent insight into the Teutuls. It was a refreshingly honest look at Paul Sr.'s drug riddled past and how he has battled those demons. The talks about the beginning of the iron works business and how exactly they began OCC. You get a good background of each of the Teutals, including Jr., Mikey, Paula Teutal (ex-wife and mom to his kids), Grandma Teutal. There are chapters by Rick Petko and Vinney that are interesting as well. I have, for some reason, always respected and found Paul Sr. to be an excellent manager of people and find it interesting that many people just see his argueing and screaming, but at the same time his workers seem to always respect him, which means that we are not seeing the other side of him on the TV show.

Excellent read if you like OCC or just enjoy the motorcycle industry!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Loves Books in MD VINE VOICE on February 15, 2007
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My husband has watched American Chopper from the start and although I'm not into motorcycles, I couldn't help but be drawn into the show over the years. Having seen the show that focused on the family history and past, I thought I knew their "story" pretty well.

To my surprise, that episode only scratched the surface. Most of the chapters are written by Paul Senior or Paulie/Junior, but there are a few chapters by Mikey, Paula (Senior's ex-wife and Mikey and Paulie's mother), a chapter about Senior's (step) mother, and Senior's other two children who don't regularly appear on the show, as well as Vinnie and Rick. I was very surprised at the level of honesty and rawness of what the family shared about their lives and feelings toward one another, the show, their lives, etc.

I always respected Senior's recovery from alcohol and drug abuse, but after reading this book, I have even more admiration for him. I don't think I fully comprehended the level and length of his addictions before reading the book. I gained a different perspective of Paulie and have a greater respect and appreciation for him as a result of reading the book.

This show is successful not only because of the beautiful and unique bikes they build, which are fascinating to watch being created - but because of the family drama and dynamics being played out before our eyes. I think one of the sweetest things I've ever seen on TV was the episode when Senior took Mikey to the dentist to have a tooth pulled and he walked in holding his hand. Yes, they yell and they fight, but there is a definite bond and love for each other that shines through.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy M. Peterson on March 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of the OCC, this book is a must. It is funny, yet has it's serious moments. I have a totally new respect for Sr., as he goes into the history of his drug and alcohol abuse. What he has made of his life since becoming a Christian and being drug and alcohol clean is nothing short of a miracle. The book has some great pictures, and the boys have written chapters as well. You see the serious side of Paulie, and the silly side of Mikey. I also enjoyed the other employee's points of view and how they came to work for the OCC. Wouldn't it be great to meet them? I just want to shake their hand and tell them thank you for appreciating their fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Teutul and Michael Teutul work with Keith and Kent Zimmerman in ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS, follows a dysfunctional family's family endeavors of producing artistic and striking 'choppers' in their shop, and receives the familiar and famous voice of Todd McLaren as it examines the Teutul's life story. You needn't have familiarity with the TV show to appreciate this autobiography of family members in conflict; but what does help is an affection and appreciation for 'chopper' bikes and family interactions, which spices the appealing story of a 'wild family' which comes together to produce outstanding bikes. The audio production brings their tale to life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "It's just an opinion" on January 17, 2008
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I found this book to be an enjoyable read, it just could have been so much better with a little effort put in by the publisher or who ever made the decisions on the content of the book.
I kept wondering why they didn't seem to bother with proofreaders, fact checkers and editors. I understand it was written by bike builders not professional writers but they could have at least asked a professional to help organize their thoughts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sallie J. Bechel on September 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
After watching the show since it was first on. It's safe to say that I love American Chopper and the Teutels. This book is a great look into the history of this family, and it's workers. If you like the show, you'll like the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hoeft on March 8, 2007
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I got this book because I watch the teutuls show every week. The book is very interesting. I give ever good insight in to why they are the way we see them on TV.
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The book provides a detailed insight into how OCC started & the trials & tribulations of the family. How one man who had nothing - poor upbringing, little support, a lack of direction and focus and who through sheer determination & hard work turned his and his family around. A true rags to riches success story.
It explains how through his initial mechanical & welding skills learnt early in his career enabled him to deviate into a business that he had a tremendous passion for -Chopper bikes.
The business quickly evolved into a niche' market - where building specific custom bikes for high profile clients provided him & his family a platform to sell their history, lifestyle, dedication and of course "the business".
A great read - which provides hope to any budding entrepreneur!
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