Douglas & McIntyre
One Hell of a Ride

Book details:

August 2008
ISBN 978-1-55365-363-9
Hardcover
6" x 9"
296 pages
16 b&w photographs
Biography & Autobiography / Biography
Business & Economics
$21.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

One Hell of a Ride

How Craig Dobbin Built the World's Largest Helicopter Company

The hell-bent-for-leather story of helicopter magnate Craig Dobbin, a larger-than-life figure and one of Canada’s greatest entrepreneurs.


“This book could just as easily have been called One Hell of a Read.”—National Post

“A page turner.”—Chronicle Herald

“A biography of Craig Dobbin was bound to be good because the Newfoundland entrepreneur left such a rich trail of anecdotes . . . Reynolds does a splendid job of inviting the reader along.” —National Post

One Hell of a Ride traces the life, triumphs and tragedy of Craig Laurence Dobbin, weaving a tale that is inspiring, amusing, tragic and, like its subject, never less than gripping. Dobbin was an irrepressible Newfoundlander who counted prime ministers and U.S. presidents among his friends, teetered on the edge of bankruptcy for much of his life, and remains a legend among all who knew him. Born during the Great Depression, Dobbin built a small empire in real estate and discovered the joy of fishing in remote salmon pools. To reach these he bought a helicopter. Ten years later, he was running CHC Helicopters, a public corporation earning hundreds of millions of dollars annually, most from ferrying men and equipment to offshore oil platforms. He soon grew the company into the largest operation of its kind in the world. When he died in October 2006, Dobbin left behind a legacy of business and personal achievements unmatched by any Canadian of his time. Everyone who dealt with him agrees: they will never see his like again.

About the Author

John Lawrence Reynolds

John Lawrence Reynolds

John Lawrence Reynolds, a native of Hamilton, Ontario is a graduate of McMaster University (English and Psychology) and a former advertising agency executive. ...

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