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

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

by Phil Robertson, Mark Schlabach
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Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson

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.

LIVING THE DREAM

Duck calls—though the source of his livelihood—are not what makes Phil Robertson the man he is today. When asked what matters in his life, he’s quick to say, “Faith, family, ducks—in that order.”

It isn’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. Phil’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 “good life” he always wanted.

If you ever wind up sitting face-to-face with Phil, you’ll see that his enthusiasm and passion for duck hunting and the Lord is no act—it is truly who he is.

If you’ve watched the exceedingly popular A&E® program Duck Dynasty®, 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.

But what you don’t know is his life before the show. In the pages of this book, you’ll learn of Phil’s colorful past and his wild road to the “happy, happy, happy” life he leads today. Before the “happy,” Phil’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 “romping, stomping, and ripping” for a number of years. He even left his wife and young boys for a short period of time.

Through it all, Phil Robertson has lived his life as a “called” 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 call—and finally, called to follow God and lead a life of faith.

In this eye-opening and rousing book, you’ll find stories that will shock you, as well as those that will inspire you. You’ll get to know the man behind the legend, and you’ll come away better for it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476726113
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 311,691
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

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 the A&E® TV series Duck Dynasty®.
Mark Schlabach is the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling books, Happy, Happy, Happy, Si-cology 1, and The Duck Commander Family. 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.

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Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 410 reviews.
The_Heed More than 1 year ago
Very eye opening! You do no have to be a fan of Duck Dynasty to enjoy this book. It is full of Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun. If you feel lost in life or wonder how did I get to this point in my life, then this book is for you. Mr Robertson also recommends another book that I just began reading myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More people need to be like this. Read it, pay attention and if you've never experienced hard times that you had to fight to come back from, it paints a good picture without trying to make you feel sorry over it. It has some religion in it, I grew up Catholic and even went to Catholic school. Usually I roll my eyes at "bible thumpers", this book is not the case, I really want to hear Phil speak sometime and he has sparked my want to get back to a spiritual life. If anyone needs a role model, Phil is your guy. As an Infantryman, I'm normally disgusted with the crap society has on TV. I saw the show in a completely different light last night after finishing the book and will probably not miss another episode now that I have some insight. Bottom line, I'm buying any other book that Phil writes and I all of a sudden want to take up duck hunting....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really loved reading this book. Phil is a commonsense man, whose life experiences, are something we can all learn from. I really appreciate how he opened up his life to everyone that reads this. I am not so sure I would want to do that. Also really enjoyed the sense of humor Phil added from time to time. Some of the stories were really funny. Highly recommend this book to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And I can't wait to get the book! I want it in an actual book, not on my book, so I've got to wait,. Thought I'd go nuts waiting for it to be released, now that I've read the sample, EVEN WORSE!!! I love the show, it's funny, but even more so, I absolutely adore the familial relationships, the love between Phil and Miss Kay, the way the boys have grown into great men, fathers and husbands and despite not being religious, but being a firm believer in God and being spiritual in my beliefs, I love seeing their faith. Also I have watched videos of Phil, Jase and Willie preach and they have brought me to tears.....they really are a true inspiration and I think the world would be a better place if people strove to raise their families to be a bit more like the Robertsons!
MostlyVocals1960 More than 1 year ago
Love the Robertsons...love the book!! Funny and good!!
InBoise More than 1 year ago
This book makes me believe that there are still people that believe there is a right way to live their life. That is the way God laid out in the book he left is. I am glad Phil described his life which was not perfect but he learned from. Now he shared with the rest of us to understand that lives can be salvaged. It's such a joy to know that we all could have missed such a wonderful family entertainment if only for a bad choice but Phil made the good ones. It gives me hope for many of my bad choices to keep on trying for right ones.  This is such a  good read and like reaching back in time for good family encouragement and entertainment. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You may say that Phil Robertson is a redneck and he'd agree with you, but he's educated redneck that built a multimillion dollar business. In his book he talks about his failures, his faith, his love of country, and his family. He had a dream and made it happen with duckcalls. He is the American dream!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As I was reading along, I keep hearing Phil Robertson's voice. I felt as though that he invited me to his house, and talk for hours. Is it unusual? Yes. Did I regret reading his autobiography? No! I learned a lot. And the more I read about his story, the more I respect him. You don't have to be a Duck Dynasty fan to love this book, the words in itself is worth to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
New to the Duck Dynasty world, I decided to get this book and Willie's book to read. Of the two, I enjoyed this one the most. Good information on daily living, interesting history of Phil's life, and clean easy reading. So far I've loaned this book to two other readers that have enjoyed it as much as I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read in along time. I love the examples of incorporating the sharing of the Gospel within every day life. GREAT STORY!
Stardust_Fiddle More than 1 year ago
Faith, family, and ducks—in that order, as Phil Robertson will tell you—marks the hierarchy of the Robertson clan. The Robertsons have achieved fame and fortune due to their superior duck calls and, more recently, their hit television show on A&E, “Duck Dynasty,” but like most multi-million dollar success stories, the road has not always been easy. “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander” is the candid autobiographical account of Phil Robertson’s journey through life. The native Louisianan’s humble beginnings molded him into a self-reliant, self-sufficient man who was comfortable and capable of living off the land—skills that proved invaluable later on in life. Phil went through a rebellious outlaw phase as a young man, and after hitting rock bottom, at age twenty-eight he dedicated his life to the Lord and became a born-again Christian, turning his life around and becoming a better husband to his wife, Kay, and to his four sons, Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep. In the 1970s he decided to pursue his dream of making a living via his hunting and outdoor expertise, which led him to creating duck calls that surpassed those on the market in their accurate imitations. Through the American tradition of hard work and perseverance, he eventually built Duck Commander into an empire, later turning the company over to his son, Willie. “Duck Dynasty” chronicles the daily life of the Robertson clan today, complete with humor, values, inspiration, and the redneck lifestyle—providing a glance at a truly American family. Each chapter of “Happy, Happy, Happy” provides a “Rule for Living Happy, Happy, Happy,” and aphoristic side notes are found on most of the pages. There is also a section of black-and-white photos in the middle of the book. Phil’s story is frank and honest with a serious tone that is occasionally peppered with humor, and readers will learn much about duck lore along the journey. The final chapter provides Phil’s views on contemporary America and the government, and the afterword is entitled “Letters From the Family” and includes brief tributes from each of Phil’s four sons and from his wife Kay. From beginning to end, this book will inform and inspire readers, demonstrating just how much faith, family values, and good old-fashioned hard work can accomplish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of the shows they are amazing i love how they make sure that god is an important part in all of their lives including the young children They are amazing and they are the kind of people that should probaly be on tv for the rest of their life seeing that recently the news has been saying that they are thinking about telling them to stop talking about God and guns in the same show or something like that. I highly doubt that they will let that happen wayyy too many people love them
DCalsBooks More than 1 year ago
Since I am a fan of the Robertson family, it is kind of a no brainer. I couldn't wait to get into it. And when I finished it,I was disappointed that there wasn't any more to read. I pre ordered Si's book, "Si-Cology," and can't wait for it to come out. Both are co-authored by the same assisting writer. Phil was very candid as he told his story, but Kay puts her twist to the story in the middle of it, and is a little more blunt that he is. It's a nice addition to the book. Anything more about it would be redundant. So "read it, I recommend it."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Phil's book. It was especially fun for me because I attended the same college with Phil during the same years. I spent several Saturday nights watching him play football before I headed to the frat house for a party. Of course, Phil probably left the dressing room after the game and went frog gigging. Terry Bradshaw was on the Jay Leno Show one night this past year and he told a story about Phil being late for football practice and when he did show up, his clothes were covered in duck feathers. Phil had his priorities. The best part of the book was discovering how his life changed after he reached the age of 29. Reading how becoming a strong Christian changed his life was very inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page turner! A must read for anyone longing for the simpler times from years past. Phil Robertson for President!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoy watching Duck Dynasty and was looking for some more information on the family history and I got that here. I also got a lot of information about Duck Hunting and felt supported by another follower of Christ. I don't live like them, I would be considered a "yuppy" girl, but I have the same values and appreciate their way of life. I would recommend this to any and Everybody!
dchaplin More than 1 year ago
I love a good biography and this book did not disappoint. Of course I enjoy Duck Dynasty so I enjoyed reading about the background of the main characters". Phil Robertson's book puts to rest the assumption that he is an ignorant redneck. Indeed he is anything but.
rw17 More than 1 year ago
The history of Phil and his family is a testament to his wife's belief in her husband and the Lord. We tend to look at someone and assign them to a box before we even talk to them. He tells his story with humor and yet acknowledges his mistakes he has made in his life. I agree with his thoughts on the future generation. I don't have a beard, but I would fit right in with the family. Bob W.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review:  Stars   Narration 4  Story 4 Overall  4 Starting with the very plain-spoken discussion where Phil Robertson explains the first interest in making them reality television stars.  When he postulates that the discussion in the boardroom centered on the question about where to ‘find’ a real family, and then proceeds to share his philosophy on family, hunting and his faith: hard earned, hard won and redolent with his simply phrased lessons about life and living well.  I was hoping to hear more of the story in Phil’s voice, although his eldest son Alan manages the narration with flair: his clear enunciation, moments of obvious appreciation and smooth delivery provided a story that was an easy listen.   This story will be perceived completely differently depending on your focus: if you want to learn more about Phil, his journey and his history – you will have one reaction.  If you are looking for, or interested in, hunting: your journey and reaction to the story will be entirely different.  I was less interested and captivated in the hunting information, but his efforts in working the ecosystem, his insight into his land and wildlife management and his own personal tales of adjusting his property to draw wildlife in is far more interesting than I ever would have believed.  As with his son Willie: faith is the touchstone on which this family has survived and thrived,  keeping their faith as integrated into their lives and daily existence as their beards or eye color, this is a story that refers often to faith and belief, both for its comforts and its blessings.  While I will not profess to have the same belief system, it is both refreshing and touching to understand his own path in finding and celebrating his faith.  I received an audioCD copy of the book from the publisher via AudioBook Jukebox.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read. There is a great amount of wisdom in this book. I really enjoy reading about how God made such a difference in the Robertson family and how Phil related to his love of the outdoors.
cinchase More than 1 year ago
Inspiring! A truly inspiring story for everyone and an insight to the Duck Dynasty Family. Phil shares the good and bad times of his life and his faith that got him to where he is now. A wonderful reminder that all things are possible when we the Lord in our lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books that I have read. It is well written and keeps your attention all through the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad to read that the Roberstons are as wholesome as they come off as on TV!  Phil explains his rags to riches story and how he found God, which wasn't always a part of him and his family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some people are crazy to hate this book. Who cares if it gets preachy. He is trying to teach the good news. If you like that then oh well. Mrs lou whoy
ktbug388 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved reading Happy, Happy, Happy. It not only added to the comical renditions of the show, but also gave a huge in depth POV of Phil Robertson and his family. The trials and tribulations that they all overcame to launch Duck Commander helps the reader to truly understand all the hard work and effort the whole family put into it. I would recommend it to all ages as it has wonderful insights and stories that will stay with you for a lifetime. Much enjoyed!