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Captain Phil Harris: The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad Hardcover – April 23, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451666047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451666045
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[An] engaging, no-holds-barred biography ... a larger-than-life nautical rock star persona conveyed in a captivating, freewheeling style. ... Even those who never watched the show will find themselves captivated by these outrageous tales of a man who lived without restraint, like a modern-day mythical figure.” (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)

“A candid narrative ... captures the gritty details of [Captain Phil’s] high-speed life, declining health and death. ... An unflinching portrait that will surely satisfy Harris’ fans.” (Kirkus Reviews)

"Juicy is an understatement" (Yahoo.com)

About the Author

Jake and Josh Harris are Captain Phil’s two surviving sons, both Discovery Channel stars in their own right.

Steve Springer is a veteran journalist, an award winning sports writer, and author of eleven books, including multiple bestsellers. He currently lives and writes in Los Angeles.

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I really enjoyed reading this book; in fact I couldn't put it down once I got started.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on April 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Just got my book & finished reading it. It's only 221 pages, so I finished it in one night. You might be tempted to shed a few tears after reading Josh & Jake's moving forward to the book, but don't. The Capt. wouldn't like it. Just pour yourself a cold one & settle in to read the story of the Harris clan. Some of the book may surprise you, as the Capt.'s life and ways are candidly discussed, especially concerning drug & alcohol use, but I suspect most of his fans who watched the show and frequented the DC forums already guessed at most of it. I doubt that anyone (especially the ladies) will be shocked by some of the sexual situations, since frank sexuality was part of the Captain's appeal. Some of the stories were previously shared in the book "Deadliest Catch, Desperate Hours", published in 2008, so it may been used as a narrative for this new book. The story starts with the Capt.'s father, Grant, moving through Capt. Phil's early life, getting started in fishing, disappointments, wild personal life, his married life, his relationships with wives, sons, buddies, friends, next door neighbors, meeting Cornelia Marie, captaining the boat & it's profitable catch for 20 years, getting a one-quarter ownership share of the boat, meeting Capt. Tony Lara, the CM's relief captain, who discusses those early days, joining the Deadliest Catch show & ending with the Capt. in the hospital and his final days. Several of the Deadliest Catch producers speak frankly about filming those last days, and their difficulty in trying to decide what to leave in and what to leave out of the final broadcast when the Capt. left us. It's clear that not everything was shown & some new information about that time are revealed.Read more ›
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ChrisFromTemecula on May 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have never been one to sit and read a book unless it involved School , but from the moment I read the first paragraph, I was hooked because of how honest the book is. This was started by Phil but unfortunately he passed before he could finish. Phil always taught Josh and Jake to never quit so they felt the obligation to finish it for their dad.
It's sad to see other people review the book calling his sons money hungry train wrecks, they obviously haven't met Josh and Jake. I know Josh and he is one of the hardest working people I have ever met, and he is very grateful for the success of the show and the opportunities he has been given. He could never imagine the impact that his dad had and deeply appreciates the support he recieves everywhere he goes. They put fishing before anything and need to carry on the legacy of their dad so Josh worked very hard for the past 3 years to finally buy the boat. It was not just given to him. He needs The Cornelia Marie and this book to succeed and deserves every bit of it. To all the haters, If you ever get the chance to meet Josh, you will see how humble and real he is. That is very hard to find in the world today.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Hinman on April 28, 2013
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If you loved Phil you will love this book. The boys did a tremendous job telling their dad's story with honesty, dignity and humor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Carpenter on July 2, 2013
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Overall, I think it's a good book, but I have some warnings.

First, the two authors write in their own voices, so it doesn't have the feel of Josh, Jake, Phil, or the crab fishing fleet. It's refined and tidy like a normal book, which some readers might not expect.

Second, if you're a huge Captain Phil fan, be forewarned that this book reveals all the ugliness of his life: mistreatment of his kids, his wives, his friends, drug use, alcoholism, etc. Even though you know all this existed before reading the book, the details are painful, especially when it is revealed that it continued right up until his death. His day-to-day life was not that of the warm, loving, teddy bear we saw on Deadliest Catch.

Honestly, if you don't want your image of him tarnished, don't read this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Knight on August 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of Deadliest Catch from the beginning, and always enjoyed Capt. Phil. But I admit I'm disappointed in this book.

I think it's great that Jake and Josh are willing to share their father (and his tragic passing) with the world. And they're brutually honest about their lives with Phil, both the good and the bad (and from the sound of it, there was lots of bad).

Unfortunately, this book was a little hard to follow. It jumps events and time frames with little explanation. It also mentions something (like Phil being somewhat controlled by his wife at the time) but never goes into detail. And while I appreciate that maybe the boys didn't want to hash out all the grisly details, then maybe they shouldn't have mentioned it to begin with.

Also, it seemed obvious to me that Jake and Josh actually wrote very little of this book. They clearly wrote the intro and the epilouge, but not much else. I think the book would have benefited from having more of their personalities.

This is a decent read, but something I wished I'd gotten at the library. I'll just stick with the show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By COLLEEN J WILLEY on May 19, 2013
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This book as so truthfully told. The man was not perfect but yet he touched so many lives. He had a kind heart and it shows in this fascinating book. I read this book in two days. His sons have brought their father alive in recalling his life. Also a look in to how deadly crab fishing can be and that it takes a special person to take on this job. I think all who love "The Deadliest Catch" will love this book
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