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North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters Hardcover – March 30, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312591144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312591144
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fishing vessel captain prominently featured in all three seasons of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch tells his family’s story and that of the Norwegian American role in Pacific Northwest fishing—and not only in the now-declining crab industry. If this family saga has a hero, it is Sig’s father, Sverre, who survived immigration from Norway, service in the cold-war army, several shipwrecks, and raising three civilized, if somewhat original, sons to become one of the deans of the crab-fishing fleet in its golden era and still die peacefully at home. Captain Sig still takes his father’s boat into the Bering Sea, one of the harshest environments fishermen have ever faced, and is proud in a gentlemanly way of his Norwegian heritage and celebrity status. Nothing more nor less than a cracking good sea story. --Roland Green

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“A chronicle that reads like a collection of your crazy buddy's bar stories about his crazier old man.”
Outside Magazine
 
"Captain Hansen's passionate love for his work, for the ocean, and for his fellow fishermen is undeniable and admirable."
Examiner.com

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I found this book very interesting and fun to read.
Elaine Sturkol
It's the story of Sig Hansen and his family all the way back to his great-grandfather.
T.D. Smith
It jumps back and forth in time and between brothers telling the story.
D. Beatty

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Jameson on March 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I received this book today and read it in one sitting, could not put it down. If you enjoy watching Deadliest Catch you will love this book. The book reads just like Sig talks, which is a plus. He takes us back to his roots and explains how he became a fisherman. I HIGHLY recommend this book. Even if you don't watch the show, you will enjoy this book!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda Smith on April 10, 2011
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Interesting book for fans of "Deadliest Catch". Provides good history of how the Northwestern began and how it has evolved into a state-of-the-art fishing boat. Great characters and insight into the family that has fished this boat for years. Easy to read but definitely not a literary masterpiece. Highly recommend this read to any fans of the show who want to know how it all came about.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was an exceptional book in many ways. Obviously, Sig Hansen is an incredibly fascinating person. The co-author did an amazing job of putting his stories together in an interesting and easy to follow way. The book really provides great depth in to his personality.

Most of us find Sig to be a bit of an enigma. We have great admiration for his power, work ethic, and bravery, but struggle with his lack of compassion. I think Sig largely communicates the same in this book. It is always pleasing to me when somebody can evaluate themself with some objectivity.

There is a very interesting technical description of the crabbing process and the science of crab as a species. It is just enough information to give the reader a much better grasp of the process without boring them with the details.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Bennett VINE VOICE on September 24, 2010
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I purchased the eBook version for my reader, and was pleasantly surprised when I started to read. So surprised that I stayed up late to read it all in one sitting! This book is much, much more than just an accessory to the TV show. It is more than a must-read for fans of "Deadliest Catch."

It also covers much, much more than that. There is an insider's view of the Norwegian immigration to the United States, in particular Washington state in the early 1900's. There is a detailed history of the evolution of crab fishing and the Marco crab boat's evolution to supremacy. I was fascinated by the attention to historical details, such as the use of surplus Army cots to build the first crab pots. The wisdom of a seasoned fisherman peppers the book - discussing why certain boat designs work better than others, why a tank full of solid ballast is better than tanks full of mobile crab, and why navigation at sea is not as simple as going in a straight line from Point A to Point B.

Encircling all these historical details are the stories of the Hansen family in the USA. His father's boats. Moving up, moving down and out. The evolution of a skipper/captain.

This book will satisfy the fans. It covers the ground that fans will want to know about - close calls out at sea, pranks between the crew members, embarrassing growing-up stories among the Hansen brothers, and how the Northwestern came to be on TV. It also tells the story of how the first coveted F/V Northwestern jackets came to be!

The digital version of this book had some minor issues. There are many, many words which had been spliced - there is a space in the middle of the word or a dash in the middle of the word inappropriately. The best feature of the digital version, however, was the click-able index. Next to the word in the index was a hyperlink that you could click, which would take you right to the reference.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BeachBunny on September 30, 2013
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Unlike many other books about celebrities, this one feels genuine. I don't sense a ghost writer here. Instead, I hear the exact syntax which Sig Hansen often uses when talking on Deadliest Catch. I enjoyed hearing about the family, its fishing history and traditions, and what things were like in the old days and the old country. Pacing is good and the book doesn't dwell upon any particular subject for too long. Sig also does a good job explaining the business and procedures of fishing and the differences between species & such.

You can tell Sig dictated/wrote this book without a ghost writer, and you can almost hear him reading it in your mind, but alas they used a "professional" reader. Darn shame, but still very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David G on August 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I bought his book when I was a Deadliest Catch Fan, the show is drama and BS now, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There is an abundance of knowledge, history, and experience that is easily comprehendible and well written to the reader. Sig takes us through his family history(father and brothers) of fishing in Alaska and also of his fondness and connection to his ancestral home of Norway. There are many interesting and sadly horrifying tales of the dangers of fishing, especially the fate of the Foremost. Sig also discusses how being on DC changes his life to a celebrity and how currently famous people come up to him to talk. I will not give away more than that for your benefit but you will finish being more informed and educated, a rare find in an auto-biography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karl Oemig on February 16, 2013
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Loved Deadliest Catch and wanted to find out more about the captains and family. I loved this book. Sig does a great job of telling family history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T.D. Smith on March 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've seen all the seasons of the Deadliest Catch and feel like I have come to a good understanding of how the crab industry works but this book really explains things in great detail. It's the story of Sig Hansen and his family all the way back to his great-grandfather. Further if you count him telling of the Vikings and discoving North America first. In the book his talks about how his uncle and dad first came to america and how he and his two brothers first became invovled in crabbing. I would say a good majority of the book isn't even about the Deadliest Catch show so if that's why you want to read it, I wouldn't really recommend it. However if you find the crab industry intriguing like I do and like to read about other peoples life and the things that they have had to over come, then it is a good read. He tells the history of the industry and all the Norwegians in it. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it jumps around quite a lot from the dad's story to his brother's to his and so own. It is a great book and I happy that I read it.
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