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McPhee is a master writer, and we all stand to learn a great deal from him.
McPhee quotes extensively from his fishing diaries, and starts his book with a funny description of an epic battle with a shad on the Delaware River starts.
McPhee's style makes for easy reading and his eye for detail and for the interesting approach is fun.
Used McPhee's great book to research info on the shad. The Lambertville fest (this year April 26-27, 2014) has a powerful art component with both live and silent auctions. Read morePublished 5 months ago by jack pfanne
About 'The Founding Fish'
I always love John McPhee's writing. I had read this book several years ago. Read more
I bought this book for my online Fish Course, ZOO 452, and it was a good read and I learned a lot. I recognized a lot of scientific terms that we had been covering in the class so... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bianca Moravec
A masterful piece of writing. An amazing amout of detail and anecdotes about shad fishing. But probably more than any average person would want to know. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by digitaldan
It is very unlikely that a fish has fought the Civil War alongside George Washington; recited poetic verse in the company of Charles Thoreau; traveled to the West Coast as a... Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by Pandrle
As with everything else he writes, John McPhee takes on an apparently mundane subject that is of deep interest to a relatively small number of people and documents it such that it... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Christopher T. Dahle
Excellent book by McPhee. A lot about fish and so much more. Good as an adjunct to a study of the Delaware River and Colonial times.Published on June 23, 2011 by Robert Williams
Our local Borders went out of business about a week ago, and I thought I was saving money (80% discount) when I bought this book, which looked interesting, mildly so, but I like... Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Celestial Abyss
I was really excited to sit down with this, but I came away pretty unimpressed. This doesn't really match up to other classic McPhee writings. Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Sam H.