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The Build

Designing My Life of Choppers, Family, and Faith

Paul Teutul Jr.

About The Build

The Build reveals the "behind the scenes" story of the popular TV reality series American Chopper for the show's millions of fans. 
Author Paul Teutul, Jr., is arguably the most creative builder of custom "chopper" motorcycles in the world.  His talents were revealed to millions of TV viewers worldwide on American Chopper, as well as later on a spinoff series, American Chopper Senior vs Junior. The Build gives the reader at Paul Jr.'s life behind the camera, which included volcanic conflict with his father and business mentor, Paul Sr. Using his own story of improbable success as an illustration, Paul Jr. offers insights on how anyone can find and activate often hidden talents.  In a charming, often humorous way, The Build is a rallying cry to unleash God-designed creativity and live life to the fullest.

Praise

“At the very beginning of what we came to know as reality TV was American Chopper—inspiring motorbike lovers all over the world with the beauty of what could be imagined into being on two wheels. Here’s Paul Jr. telling his personal journey—still imagining, still building. Every man’s journey is his own; every man’s heart needs building from the inside.”
Russell Crowe, actor, film producer, musician

“Paul Jr’s book The Build is a must-read. I respect his talent, but mostly I respect how he is living out his faith in the public eye. Paul’s candidness about his father is not to attack but to shine the light of truth on how a son is affected by his father. Thanks for writing this book, Junior!”
—Todd Hoffman, “Gold Rush Todd”

About Paul Teutul Jr.

PAUL TEUTUL JR was just 27 when American Chopper: Jet Bike premiered on the Discovery Channel, featuring “Paulie” and his father, Paul Sr., building a custom chopper for 2002's Laconia Bike Week. Part of Bike Weekend, the one-off special and the intrinsic family dynamics so captivated audiences that a full series following the Teutuls and their business, Orange County Choppers, soon followed in 2003. Six years of family ups and downs ensued, culminating in 2009 with Senior firing Junior, who waited out his one-year non-compete clause before establishing his own business, Paul Jr. Designs. Today, Paul Jr. Designs continues to thrive, producing custom bikes for a variety of individual and corporate clients. There have been TV commercials and personal appearances since 2012 as well, but the most important development in Paul's life occurred when his wife, Rachael, gave birth to their son Hudson Seven Teutul in February 2015.


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Product Details

208 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Nov 7, 2017

Trim Size: 6 x 9

Carton Quantity: 12

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Click Here to download the first pages of THE BUILD The Build reveals the "behind the scenes" story of the popular TV reality series American Chopper for the show's millions of fans. Author Paul Teutul, Jr., is arguably the most creative builder of custom "chopper" motorcycles in the world.  His talents were revealed to millions of TV viewers worldwide on American Chopper, as well as later on a spinoff series, American Chopper Senior vs JuniorThe Build gives the reader at Paul Jr.'s life behind the camera, which included volcanic conflict with his father and business mentor, Paul Sr. Using his own story of improbable success as an illustration, Paul Jr. offers insights on how anyone can find and activate often hidden talents.  In a charming, often humorous way, The Build is a rallying cry to unleash God-designed creativity and live life to the fullest.  

Press Release

Contact: Beverly Rykerd
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American Chopper Star Paul Teutul Jr. Shares Realities of Living Family Life on Reality TV
 
"At the very beginning of what we came to know as reality TV was American Chopper—inspiring motorbike lovers all over the world with the beauty of what could be imagined into being on two wheels. Here's Paul Jr. telling his personal journey—still imagining, still building. Every man’s journey is his own, every man’s heart needs building from the inside."  —Russell Crowe, actor, film producer, musician
 
Paul Teutul Jr. was one of the stars of the hit Discovery Channel show “American Chopper” where each week millions of viewers witnessed his volatile relationship with his father, Paul Teutul Sr., and his world-class expertise at designing one-of-a-kind motorcycles. In The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family, and Faith (Nov. 7, 2017, WaterBrook), Teutul shares behind-the-scenes stories from the show and his life with intimate details of going from a troubled teenager to a worldwide reality TV star and a self-educated custom motorcycle designer.
 
Teutul’s life changed suddenly with the premiere of “American Chopper.” Audiences were so taken with the intense family dynamics and humorous antics that a full series featuring the Teutuls and their business Orange County Choppers followed, turning the American working class family into international celebrities. Along the way, viewers were privy to not only Teutul’s creative genius in designing and building custom bikes but his difficult relationship with his father, which culminated in 2009 with Senior firing Junior.
 
Today, Teutul is a husband and father. In 2009, he started his own thriving business, Paul Jr. Designs, where he creates innovative motorcycle designs for corporate clients, film productions and nonprofits. Faith has become an instrumental part of Teutul’s life and a defining part of his journey toward health and healing. He cites conversations with viewers who related to “American Chopper” because of their own difficult relationships with family members as his driving force behind writing The Build.
 
In The Build, readers will find:
 
·        Teutul details his early family life with an alcoholic and volatile father and his own issues with substance abuse and rehab
·        He introduces family members not seen on the TV show, such as his mother who led him to faith
·        Teutul tells how getting fired by his father was one of the best things that could have happened him.
·        He reveals how he met his wife Rachael and tough decisions early in their relationship
·        A self-taught designer, Teutul offers encouragement to turn hidden talents into big dreams
·        Teutul shares how he created some of his most memorable designs, such as the Black Widow and the 9/11 Memorial bike

“A year after the show ended, I went through an emotional stage where I missed the show for the first time,” says Teutul. “I had spent half of my adulthood on television, but it was such a whirlwind that we didn’t have many opportunities to fully appreciate how special our experience was or what a phenomenon the show became. That emotional stage was a period of being able to reflect on our run and realize, Wow, we really did that!
 
The Build includes a 32-page photo insert with family photos and project pictures along with detailed information on Teutul’s design approach to some of his most significant projects. Motorcycle enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, designers and Teutul’s TV fans will all find inspiration in “Paulie’s” memorable and inspiring journey.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Teutul Jr. has been molding metal into shape since the age of 12 when he began his apprenticeship at his father’s steel business. He is widely recognized as the chief designer and fabricator of some of the world’s most famous motorcycles. Teutul spent 10 years living his work and family life in front of the cameras for the hit television shows “American Chopper” and “American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior.”  He started his career as cofounder of Orange County Choppers and now shares his creativity and unique approach to design through his work at Paul Jr. Designs. Teutul and his wife Rachael and their son Hudson, live in Orange County, New York. For more information, visit www.pauljrdesigns.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/paulteutuljr/  (1.3 million followers)
Instagram: @paulteutuljr (32K followers)
Twitter: @WhereisPaul (170K followers)

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By Craig Friedel

I admit I did watch American chopper several times but was never really hooked mainly because the dysfunctional family dynamics were too close to home.  Yet, when I read the history of what happened prior to the show I was amazed at the negative situation that kept appearing time and time again.  Timing was perfect for the reality show with the all too raw situations.  As you go through the history of the show and watch as things...

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By Adam Hansen

As a fan of American Chopper, I was looking forward to getting the behid the scenes tour through Paul's book. Seeing the blow ups and tension between him and his father on the show, you knew there had to be more to the story...and this is the story.Paul takes you back to the begininng and tells what it was like as a kid and how his relationship with his father evolved. He takes you behind the scenes in the shop, and gives an inside look into...

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By cassandra mccann

I received a complimentary copy. A look into the life of a tv famous celebrity. The author is sharing all the drama and details from life on and off screen. It is great if you like to follow this kind of thing or you are a fan of the show. There is a blend of stories and it will be a hit or miss with readers.

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By Marie Stiennon

"The Build" by Paul Teutul Jr. this is his book about his whole life not just about his life with Orange County Choppers.  I will admit I have no idea why I chose this book to read but I am glad I did.  I was never a big fan of Orange County Choppers as I used to think the drama on the show was faked as no-one would be that verbal abusive on camera.  Well thanks to reading this book I found out I was wrong.  Paul Jr is really honest about...

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By Hanna Lei

The Build by Paul Teutul Jr.Designing my Life of Choppers Family and FaithThe Build reveals the "behind the scenes" story of the popular TV reality series American Chopperfor the show's millions of fans.Author Paul Teutul, Jr., is arguably the most creative builder of custom "chopper" motorcycles in the world.  His talents were revealed to millions of TV viewers worldwide on American Chopper, as well as later on a spinoff series, American...

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