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Scrounging the Islands with the Legendary Don the Beachcomber: Host to Diplomat, Beachcomber, Prince and Pirate Paperback – November 30, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595478840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595478842
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arnold Bitner was born in Indiana, and moved to Hawaii at age nineteen. He started to write at age fifty-four and currently has three books in publication. Scrounging the Islands with the Legendary Don the Beachcomber was first written as a birthday present for his wife, Phoebe Beach, in 1997.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tiki Mon on March 10, 2008
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Well written, in biographical form.

I have read "Sippin' Safari: In Search of the Great "Lost" Tropical Drink Recipes...and the People Behind Them" (another book I highly recommend) by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry...and many of the stories are nearly identical, word for word. I wonder which one is the chicken and which one is the egg? But it's truly an amazing life story of the man who lived the escapist's dream, and deserves all the credit.
Don the Beachcomber, your story lives on!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darrell G. Rooney on September 30, 2008
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I wish I could say this is a great book because I am fascinated by this man's entrepeneureal spirit. It was very informative but unfortunately not well written. There are aspects in his life not covered in the book so its not the definitive bio on him. But it is worth reading and the opening chapter sets the tone. It is fascinating. The man known as "Don the Beachcomber" is an amazing character in 20th century culture and history so this book is a MUST HAVE addition to anyone who wants to know his story. Lots of research done for the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Van Ness on April 17, 2008
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An interesting and entertaining little book, though it would be nice if, with the alleged statements from Donn himself, the author included some information as to where he gathered them. As it is, I'd have to take a LOT of salt with some of this stuff. The outragous claim that Donn the Beachcomber rather than Trader Vic had invented the Mai Tai, based upon some unsupported hearsay in a gossip column published long after both were long gone, is hardly convincing. Especially after Vic had won a court case on just that same claim against a company trying to cash in on their own brand of "Mai Tai Mix" packaged under Donn's name! While this is a nice book to read, keep an open mind & read the appropriate chapters of "The Book of Tiki" first.
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