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Publisher's Summary

From the Duck Dynasty star and New York Times best-selling author comes a rollicking popular history of fishing in America.

American Fisherman traces the impact fishing has had in shaping America's history and reveals the influential role it has played in defining our lives.

Willie Robertson persuasively argues that America became what it is today in no small part because of the anglers that call it home. From harvesting New England cod to fly fishing for Yellowstone trout to raising Pacific Northwest salmon, the fishing industry has long played an essential role in the establishment of many of the nation's earliest ports, most notably along the East Coast. Robertson explores how fishing has informed our culture in literature, movies, and television, from classics like The Old Man and the Sea, A River Runs Through It, and Moby-Dick to The Perfect Storm, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Deadliest Catch to popular local television fishing programs from coast to coast.

Robertson also analyzes the economics of this $50 billion annual business, which supports a host of industries, including tourism and manufacturing as well as conservationism. Told in Robertson's charming down-home voice, American Fisherman is a spirited and unique look at America and its people.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Willie Robertson & William Doyle (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Good Book. So so narrator.

The stories are good. Not as good as American Hunter but I think that’s the narrator’s fault. For the most part he sounds like a game show prize announcer. Should have used the same narrator from American Hunter

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Great Tales of Great Fishing, This BIG!

Other than the last appendix, this was a really good listen. Loved Lewis and Clark on "the greatest fishing trip in American history," and having just finished "Cold Hearted River" a Sean Stranahan mystery about Papa Hemingway's missing trunk, the part about Ernest Hemingway was fascinating. I also enjoyed the extensive section on American women anglers.

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history and fishing mixed into a story

heavy on trout & fly-fishing
a little deep sea & very little on bass fishing. loaded with history but sometimes to much detail that it drags the story to long