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Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

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ISBN13: 9781476726090
ISBN10: 1476726094
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This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and andlt;iandgt;Duck Dynastyandlt;/iandgt;and#174; star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;LIVING THE DREAMandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Duck callsand#8212;though the source of his livelihoodand#8212;are not what makes Phil Robertson the man he is today. When asked what matters in his life, heand#8217;s quick to say, and#8220;Faith, family, ducksand#8212;in that order.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;It isnand#8217;t often that a person can live a dream, but Phil Robertson, aka The Duck Commander, has proven that it is possible with vision, hard work, helping hands, and an unshakable faith in the Almighty. Philand#8217;s is the remarkable story of one man who followed the call he received from God and soon after invented a duck call that would begin an incredible journey to the life he had always dreamed of for himself and his family. In the love of his country, his family, and his maker, Phil has finally found the ingredients to the and#8220;good lifeand#8221; he always wanted. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;If you ever wind up sitting face-to-face with Phil, youand#8217;ll see that his enthusiasm and passion for duck hunting and the Lord is no actand#8212;it is truly who he is.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;If youand#8217;ve watched the exceedingly popular AandEand#174; program andlt;Iandgt;Duck Dynastyandlt;/Iandgt;and#174;, you already know the famed Phil Robertson. As patriarch of the Robertson clan and creator of Duck Commander duck calls, he fearlessly leads his family in a responsible work ethic and an active faith.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;But what you donand#8217;t know is his life before the show. In the pages of this book, youand#8217;ll learn of Philand#8217;s colorful past and his wild road to the and#8220;happy, happy, happyand#8221; life he leads today. Before the and#8220;happy,and#8221; Philand#8217;s passion for the outdoors and wild living led him down some shady paths. As a young husband and father, he became the proprietor of a rough bar and lived a life, as he says, of and#8220;romping, stomping, and rippingand#8221; for a number of years. He even left his wife and young boys for a short period of time.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Through it all, Phil Robertson has lived his life as a and#8220;calledand#8221; man. Called to live off the land, called to leave a starring role in Louisiana Tech football (playing ahead of Terry Bradshaw) for duck hunting, called to wild living, called to create a new kind of duck calland#8212;and finally, called to follow God and lead a life of faith. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In this eye-opening and rousing book, youand#8217;ll find stories that will shock you, as well as those that will inspire you. Youand#8217;ll get to know the man behind the legend, and youand#8217;ll come away better for it.

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This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business.

Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting.

An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky.

Phil grew up with the dream of living the simple life off the land like his forebears, but he soon found himself on a path to self-destruction—leasing a bar, drinking too much, fighting, and wasting his talents. He almost lost it all until he gave his life to God. And then everything changed.

Phil’s incredible story tells how he followed a calling from God and soon after invented a duck call that would begin an incredible journey to the life he had always dreamed of for himself and his family. With great love for his country, his family, and his maker, Phil has finally found the ingredients to the “good life” he always wanted.

About the Author

Mark Schlabach is the coauthor of the andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestselling books, andlt;iandgt;Happy, Happy, Happyandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Si-cology 1andlt;/iandgt;,andnbsp;andandlt;iandgt; The Duck Commanderandnbsp;Familyandlt;/iandgt;. He is one of the most respected and popular college football columnists in the country. He and his wife live in Madison, Georgia, with their three children.Phil Robertson was born and raised in a small town near Shreveport, Louisiana. After college he spent several years teaching but soon decided to devote his talents elsewhere: he began to experiment with making a call that would produce the exact sound of a duck, and thus Duck Commander was born. Duck Commander is still a family business, now featured on theandnbsp;Aandamp;Eand#174; TV seriesandnbsp;andlt;Iandgt;Duck Dynastyandlt;/Iandgt;and#174;.

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McGuffy Ann, October 31, 2013 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
This is the story of the patriarch of the popular TV show Duck Dynasty. I admit that I am amused by this family, and wanted to know more about the reality of them.

The family is indeed quite close, but it wasn't always that way. Born and raised into a large family in Louisiana, hunting was a way of life. Phil grew up hunting, and loved the land, as well.
It may surprise some, but Phil went on to college, playing football with Terry Bradshaw at Louisiana Tech. He also received a degree in physical education, including a master's degree in education. Phil went on to teach.

As a sideline, unhappy with marketed duck calls, he began to make his own. Phil wanted a realistic duck call. It was 1972 when he came out with the first "Duck Commander".

The family was another situation. Phil and childhood sweetheart, Kay, married. However, they struggled through Phil's "wild years". He even left her and his boys for a while. Eventually, they reconciled, and Phil knew he had to turn his life around.

Phil and Kay went on to raise their four boys, while Phil grew the family business as the "Duck Commander". He also began to do public speaking and preaching the Gospel, which he still does today. Coming back to his roots of faith, family, and ducks Phil Robertson is "Happy, Happy, Happy".

The book will entertain you, surprise you and perhaps even inspire you. It did me. I respect faith, family, and traditions and those who abide by these.
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Amy Wachsmuth, October 26, 2013 (view all comments by Amy Wachsmuth)
This book covers the life of Phil Robertson, A.K.A., The Duck Commander/Redneck Extraordinaire. There are several strong themes throughout this book. The value of hard work, love of kin-folk, following your passions, Jesus, and of course--the joy of blowing the heads off ducks.

I don’t agree with all of Phil’s political views, and I think that a woman who isn't a good cook--"like me--can still be a good wife--like I hope I am. Nevertheless, I’m envious of this man and his faith. I'm envious that he knew himself well enough to know that a career as a professional football player wouldn't make him happy, happy, happy. That he had the faith in himself to convince his wife, who was caring for his brood of sons, that he should give up his comfortable teaching job to move into the swamp and fish for a living. Had he made the practical decisions, like we are all conditioned to make from early childhood, he might have been too distracted or "busy" to follow his passion to his calling.

Now he’s a legend and has provided a legacy that employs many of the Robertson Clan today--doing something that they love: making duck calls, saving sinners, and blowing the heads off ducks.
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Oleofox, September 4, 2013 (view all comments by Oleofox)
I along with many others have become captivated by the show Duck Dynasty. I did not grow up in a hunting family, nor have any interest in hunting (although I do fish). So it was a bit strange that I would like the show, but it has become one of my favorites.

For me the draw is the comic relief it brings to my life which has been extremely stressful and sad lately. The show is excellent, but after every episode I always wondered when they would explain more about how Duck Commander started; and since they haven't as of yet, I searched for a book and found this one which answered a lot of questions.

You totally get a feel for the kind of man Phil is now and how his past has shaped his beliefs about life, love, family, and religion. While I am not big on popular religions I can still see how it can help people for the better of themselves and their families. I also have differing views on other topics Phil touched on, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions and it won't keep me from continuing to watch Duck Dynasty.

Overall the book satisfied my curiosity about Phil Robertson and his life before the TV show. It was a quick and easy read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781476726090
Author:
Robertson, Phil
Publisher:
Howard Books
Author:
Schlabach, Mark
Subject:
Hunting
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Biography-Rich and Famous
Subject:
Phil Robertson; Robertson; Willie Robertson; Jase Robertson; happy; duck; Kay Robertson; Miss Kay; Duck Commander; duck call; duck calls; GQ; Duck Dynasty: AandE; A and E
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pg b/w insert
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business.

Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting.

An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky.

Phil grew up with the dream of living the simple life off the land like his forebears, but he soon found himself on a path to self-destruction—leasing a bar, drinking too much, fighting, and wasting his talents. He almost lost it all until he gave his life to God. And then everything changed.

Phil’s incredible story tells how he followed a calling from God and soon after invented a duck call that would begin an incredible journey to the life he had always dreamed of for himself and his family. With great love for his country, his family, and his maker, Phil has finally found the ingredients to the “good life” he always wanted.

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