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    1. Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before
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    1. Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die: Fly-Fishing Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
    by Chris Santella
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    Asin: 1584793562
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
    Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
    Sales Rank: 654
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Amateur or expert, every angler dreams of landing "the big one," but that's only part of the appeal of fly fishing. Because even when hours pass without a bite, nothing beats the rugged beauty of the surroundings. For both armchair travelers and avid outdoorsmen who may have already started a checklist of their own, Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die maps out the meccas of the fly-fishing world.

    Through in-depth interviews with the sport's acknowledged gurus, author Chris Santella goes beyond standard guides to convey the very essence of the recommended locations. Readers can vicariously cast mouse patterns to fifty-pound taimen in the wilds of Mongolia, wrangle with wily permit off the Florida Keys, and match the hatch on Montana's Armstrong's Spring Creek. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba (tarpon), the Zhupanova River, Kamchatka (rainbow trout), and the Rio Negro, Brazil (peacock bass) are also included.

    The essays include a cultural and natural history of each site, along with colorful anecdotes based on the author's and authorities' experiences. With breathtakingly beautiful photos of the spots, many by celebrated fly-fishing photographer R. Valentine Atkinson, the book also provides adventurous anglers with enough travel-and-tackle information so that they, too, can start planning excursions to go fish around the globe. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Pictures, Lacking In Meet
    Flyfishing books seem to come in 3 forms, unfortunately.
    1) How To - From Basic to Obscure tips
    2) Stories/Biography's - Self Explanatory
    3) Pretty Pictures
    While there are exceptions ("Leaper", "Atlantic Salmon Chronicles" come to mind), this isn't one. It's in the Pretty Pictures category. And Pretty the Pictures Are! It shows you the same places the magazine always talk about, but in glorious color. Good for the coffee table I suppose.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die
    I boutht this book for my father for Father's Day and he hasn't let it out of his sight since. He has read it cover to cover at least twice. Pictures beautiful and descriptions detailed. I think he is making his reservations for next year on Christmas Island. He was with us the week I gave it to him and he told everyone about the book. What a buy! I will have to get another copy if I want to read it -- it definitely will not be passed on throughout the rest of us fly fishermen in the family.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
    I was drawn to this book by the beautiful photo on the cover. While I am not a flyfisher, I enjoy the outdoors and camping near rivers and lakes. I absolutely loved all the photos, and the exquisite descriptions of the surroundings. I bought the book for my flyfisher son-in-law, but decided to buy another for myself to enjoy. The flyfisher in your life is certain to appreciate this timeless book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the coffee table or the tackle box
    Well written and well photographed. Evokes past memories and starts future dreams.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die
    What a beautiful and timely book! With world travel at almost bargain rates - it is time to go fishing.

    I have fished only a handful of the recommended places and the descriptions have detailed local expert knowledge about them.

    Enjoy! ... Read more

    2. Fishing for Dummies
    by PeterKaminsky
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    Asin: 0764550284
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-10)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 9227
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    You know the saying: Give a man (or woman) a fish, and you give him dinner; teach a man (or woman) to fish and he'll have dinner for the rest of his life. The always entertaining and instructional "... for Dummies" series reeled in witty outdoors writer Peter Kaminsky to keep the rest of us fed--as in food for the table and food for thought--with this step-by-step guide to pretty much every right and obtuse angle on angling. As with all the books in the series, Fishing is filled with punchy advice, plenty of diagrams, and a series of Top 10 lists that should bag aspiring fishers hook, line, and sinker. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to understand
    Fishing for Dummies is a great book for beginner fisherwomen and fishermen to learn the basics needed to go out and fish. It was extremely helpful and so easy to understand. I highly recommend it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars A complete guide for novice fisherman.
    As with almost all the "for Dummies" books I have, the reading is quite easy. The author keeps this book moving right along while providing you with in-depth info on eveything from knots, lures, rod action to what to wear under your waders. This book, although they would lead you to believe is for novices to pros, is definitely geared toward the beginner. If you have been fishing for a while there probably isn't any thing new to learn here. Try getting a specialty book if you need to focus on a particular area of angling skills. All in all this book does provide vast amounts of quality information for those just starting out.

    Note: A great feature of this book is its list of websites and books in the appendix. I found these lists to be very useful tools in continuing my research of the great outdoors.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A nice read.
    I bought this book about a year ago and still refer to it every now and then. Most likely it's not a book you'll really want to sit down and read cover-to-cover. But it makes for nice reading when you're sitting down relaxing and thinking about fishing when you can't actually be out on the water.
    The author seems to cover a good bit of ground and for a couple of questions I still had, he was pretty responsive to e-mail as well.
    All the different kinds of rods, reels, lines, hooks, artificial bait, live bait, knots, etc. are covered.
    All-in-all, worth the money and your time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
    I recently took up fishing so I could pick up where my father in-law left off with my sons. I knew nothing of the sport so this book seemed to be the one to purchase. It is a great first read for new anglers. It has just the right amount of information without overwhelming the reader. I learned a lot and so did my kids.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Beginner-Intermediate book even if you are not a Dummy
    Great book to get started and learn tricks and tips even if you
    are an intermidiate angler.

    Anything beyond what this book offers, you will need to
    learn it from experience and from more advanced anglers. ... Read more

    3. Dog Training, Fly Fishing, And Sharing Christ In The 21st Century Empowering Your Church To Build Community Through Shared Interests
    by Ted Haggard
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    Asin: 0785265147
    Catlog: Book (2002-05-14)
    Publisher: Nelson Books
    Sales Rank: 61342
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Ted Haggard presents a successful and tested model for a small group ministry here that can be implemented by a church of any size. By enabling members to embrace and capitalize on their own unique abilities, the diverse groups create an environment where people meet mentors that can disciple and guide them. This need-and interest based approach redefines the model for powerful church growth. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, insightful, and thought-provoking.
    This book blows the doors off of mainstream accepted taboos in our culture. After personally experiencing the highs and lows of traditional cell-based groups, I was at a point of wondering why change was not being made in churches. Then, I came across this book. In it, Ted delightfully shows how a church can face change and come out of it truly blessed. Thanks so much for sharing your results, and your honesty! We are all blessed, because of it. I exhort other churches to openly test their waters and see if this book and what it presents can be applied in their congregations. And... as we all know... this book, and the concepts it speaks of... will evolve as they continue to understand the power of God more fully in their midst.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone trying to do Small Group ministry should read this.
    It's refreshing, insightful, and helpful. I especially appreciated Ted's advice about not just overlaying some other church's small group ministry onto your church, but rather praying, wrestling, and struggling with what God wants at your church.
    What he's saying make a lot of sense, especially in our American free enterprise culture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Relevant Small Group Book I've Read...
    I have been a Small Groups' Pastor for nine months now and have read numerous books related to small group ministry. I also attended a Leadership Conference at Ted Haggard's church this past summer in Colorado Springs. This book takes a very honest look at what many people like and dislike about small groups. I appreciate Pastor Ted's willingness to just "tell it like it is" and I truly love the way his church does small groups. His approach makes sense to me and much of the vision that began to form in me after seeking God's guidance and during my research for small groups was confirmed even more so after reading this book. With God's help and supportive senior leadership, I have developed my church's small group program and begun the process of building out a structure to accommodate our growth. We have gone from being a church of 20 groups to one of 43 in just 9 months. We also have 3 new section leaders that serve with me as well. Each one of them has a copy of this book and needless to say, I highly recommend it. ... Read more

    4. The Pointing Labrador
    by Paul Knutson, Julie Knutson
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    Asin: 1893740048
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-01)
    Publisher: Clinetop Press
    Sales Rank: 35353
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Pointing Labrador retrievers are rapidly becoming a very popular sporting breed. Just as comfortable sitting patiently in a duck blind as they are coursing through upland fields, pointing Labradors are now known as all-around bird dogs. This book outlines everything that needs to be done, from choosing the right puppy and the basics of obedience, to training a top-notch pointing Labrador. Photographs complement the thorough descriptions of training techniques, and topics as varied as how dogs really perceive the world to which drills and routines are productive are explained. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The authority on pointing Labradors
    This book took me from not knowing anything about the breed and what made the difference in pointing labs, to well rounded and having a foundation to learn so much more about these amazing dogs. The Knutsons really have done it right with this book, they go from prior to purchising the dog, all the way to the finnished lab. If you are intrested in this type of dog I suggest you make sure the dog has some good pointers in its breed, and it is not an average lab from the classified ads. If you want a dog that can do upland as good or better then the common pointing dogs, and can also go get that duck in the middle of the pond, this is the book. I have never seen a book cover so much and make it so easy for the reader to understand and do, if you want an outstanding pointing lab, buy this book before you buy your dog.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Bible for training pointing Labs!
    What a nice book. Paul and Julie Knutson have written a great book that emphasizes training the pointing Lab as an all-around hunting dog. The text is factual and clear, but there's also a lot of thought and careful observation on what works and what doesn't. It's easy to tell that the authors really love their Labs and want to train them to the highest level of their ability. For anyone who has a pointing Lab, this is the Bible for training those dogs!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Pinting Labrador
    This is a must for anyone interested in a pointing lab. The book is great for those who know nothing, aswell as for those who know everything about pointing labs. The book is very easy to read and understand and provides simple but effective techniques to work with labs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Finally!
    Finally there is a book for the pointing retriever. It is thorough and clear. I found it extremely useful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Remember the internet in 1995?
    A lot of old Labrador hands are scoffing at the notion of a Labrador that is also a staunch pointer. Remember the internet in 1995? No one believed it was possible, either. Get ready for the next wave in Labradors--pointing Labs. It's the real deal, and Paul and Julie are the best in the business at training pointing Labs. They've titled more pointing Labs than all the rest of the trainers combined, including this year's National Hunting Dog Association Overall National Champion. Rex Eaves' "Harley" beat out over 250 dogs--flushers, pointers, and retrievers--to win the national title. (He was trained by the Knutsons and his photo is in the center of the book, on a goose hunt.) ... Read more

    5. Understanding Firearm Ballistics
    by Robert A. Rinker
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    Asin: 0964559846
    Catlog: Book (1999-03-19)
    Publisher: Mulberry House Pub.
    Sales Rank: 18921
    Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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    The original text of Understanding Ballistics has been edited, improved, & expanded with up-to-date information. Throughout are more formulas, detailed explainations & examples, more draawings, charts, and technical details explaining basic to advanced firearm ballistics, in a simplified and easy to follow style. This is the newest edition of the bible of the shooting sports. A must for all police officers, hunters, target shooters, handloaders, whether begineer or expert. This book is a "gotta have." ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good Resource - Big Disappointment!
    I give Mr. Rinker and his book a double thumbs up for tackling such an unfathomable subject and doing so succinctly. Mr. Rinker does an excellent job of surveying the topic and going slightly below the surface to give the reader a peek into the complexity and controversy of ballistics. I believe every person who reloads their own ammunition should read this text at least twice before attempting to reload. Most reloaders understand the "process" of reloading (i.e. the "steps") but fail to comprehend the "dynamics" of what is going on inside the cartridge and chamber when they pull the trigger on one of their creations. Also those who hunt would be well served if they would learn about the principles of external ballistics as it would better facilitate less wounded game and more humane harvests. Once these concepts are understood a hunter would recognize both his/her limitations as well as their cartridge of choice.

    However, this treatise is a big disappointment namely in three areas:

    First, Mr. Rinker undermines his credibiity as an "expert" with his ignorance and misuse of the most basic of firearms nomenclature. For example on pages 372 & 373 he refers to a 9mm semi-automatic pistol's 'magazine' as a "clip." Not once but twice he calls it a "clip." There is a substantial mechanical and empirical difference between a 'magazine' and a "clip" and one would think that an expert like Mr. Rinker would know the difference. The differences are clarified in every basic handgun safety class taught across the country. So, if he is sloppy with such a simple "easy" reference here, then one must question where else is he sloppy in his work?

    Second, in the Terminial Ballistics section/chapters, he gives us some insight into his complete lack of understanding of defensive small arms tactics & training for law enforcement and what transpires on the street when someone is under extreme stress fighting for their lives. He also obviously hasn't attended a credible defensive handgun training course in recent years or he would have know what was being taught in 1999 (Third Edition) as far as judicious use of deadly force and what is required to "stop" a threat. For someone who has allegedly "displayed" a firearm to stop a threat one would think the author fully understands the Tachy-Psyche Effect and what happens to a person who is being violently attacked. For example on the one hand he explains, in detail, the ineffectiveness of handgun rounds in stopping a motivated human being who is threatening another. He invests almost a full page to a 1977 officer involved shooting when a rookie female police officer is killed by a drug crazed man who took 10 rounds from 38 Special +Ps from her revolver and her partners. During this altercation the threat kept fighting and fighting with her partner even though he had mulitple "life threatening" hits from the +Ps .38s. He comments about how ineffective handgun rounds are in stopping motivated human threats. Then he goes on to make an unsupported statement: "Now-days, it is commom for an officer to empty a 13 round clip (sic) toward someone generally spraying the area . . ." criticizing police officers for shooting multiple rounds (from an "ineffective tool") in order to stop a threat. Amazing! He just got done telling the readers how ineffective handgun are and then he critizes officers for shooting multiple times trying to stop a threat. Also, he should have backed his off the cuff statement with actual data! Had he consulted and quoted actual officer involved shootings such as is recorded in the NYPD SOP #9 to ascertain what is actually going instead of making blanket statements that officers are doing "this or that." Mr. Rinker would have served us better had he consulted an expert on the dynamics of a gunfight or had he attended a school such as Gunsite, Thunder Ranch, Defensive Training International, Oregon Firearms Academy, or Lethal Force Institute before writing this section.

    Finally, his often writes in riddles and circles causing serious frustration as one is trying to comprehend "weighty" forumlas or concepts. Several times he flat out contradicts himself in an attempt to make the concept easier to grasp. Part of the problem is he isn't consistant with his prose. He tries very diligently to introduce a concept then state it and re-state it to make it clearer. Often he just "muddys" thing up making it worse. For those of us who are not a "cranial powerhouse" it may take several readings of one page to fully grasp what it is he is trying to make clearer.

    Overall, this is an fine resource and is a handy text for those who reload or are curious about an indepth introduction into ballistics.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book if you understand its limitations
    As an engineer, I bought this book thinking it would give me enough math and equations to make my own calculations. In that respect, it falls flat on its face. What few equations there are are so poorly typeset that they are rendered useless. Some of the equations include constants that require use of certain units, but these are not often made clear.

    This book, however, covers an amazing array of topics at a level that's good for someone without a desire to implement the math. The writing is in a very "folksy" style that makes some of the topics go down more easily, although the whole book is in need of editing. I would think that most gun enthusiasts would benefit from this book. It adequately answers many questions that I see raised again and again, such as why heavier bullets from a handgun hit higher on the target.

    The terminal ballistics section is a small part of the book and a very cursory discussion, although it was a large part of another reviewer's complaint. The subject of terminal ballistics is so full of debate and emotion that no treatment of the subject is going to go by without criticism.

    Many of the figures are poorly hand-drawn illustrations.

    I would like to see another edition with "to Advanced" dropped from the title, any attempt to introduce math dropped altogether, editing for spelling, grammar and clear presentation, and with illustrations by an artist. And in deference to the other reviewers, perhaps updated with the latest research in terminal ballistics. With these changes, this book would be an even better introduction that I would recommend to all gun owners who are not interested in implementing the math.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Another "Edition" or just another printing?
    Rinker's book is well organized and documented, but a difficult read because of sentence and paragraph structure, run-on sentences, poor use of commas, nonparallel construction, illogical and vague antecedents, wordiness, and contradictory statements. It also contains several, significant mathematical errors and incomplete descriptions, and it is occasionally condescending. In addition, the intended audience seems in flux. Such a definitive work in its 4th edition deserves better focus, editing and proofing.

    Structurally, the book seems to attempt to provide sufficient information for the scientifically educated while remaining understandable for the reader with less than a high school education. It fails on both fronts; the technical information is lacking, and the narrative is often poorly written. "Clear only if known" was a frequent reaction while reading. MInor sections, such as self defense, could have been better presented, redundancies and cross references could be improved, and the savings of space could be used to improve both layout and presentation.

    Regarding the dual audience, the narrative could be written for the less sophisticated with complete scientific formulae and explanations set off for the more astute reader. In addition, these sections could even be labeled as to the level of mathematics required for mastery.

    Mr. Rinker needs an editor. My experience in engineering and in academia leads me to believe that Mr. Rinker, for whatever reasons, resists, or is denied, collaboration with a competent editor; the book, the author, and the audience deserve better.

    Notes from my reading indicated over fifty errors, including at least 9 errors in logic, 7 mathematical errors, and 37 grammatical errors. I assume that these are only representative of what a closer reading would reveal.

    I doubt that the book has ever been competently edited; it has simply been reprinted. With current printing technology, this is inexcuseable.

    Even so, it is the best source I have found for a comprehensive treatment of firearm ballistics. It is unfortunate that the publisher is unwilling to do better.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Newton would roll over in his grave
    I got three or four chapters into this text and had to stop. As an engineering student I am fairly well versed in physics and mechanics; Rinker takes leaps of faith and liberties with the laws of physics that he has no right to. I recall one passage where he simply asks us to ignore the fact that a velocity term is squared. How absurd. This, combined with the feeling that the book was never edited (spelling and grammar errors, as well as typos abound) forced me to stop reading

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not What It Purports To Be
    I bought this book based on the reviews on this site and what information I could glean from the sample pages. However it did not meet my needs in the following way :-

    There is insufficient information in the book to derive a basic trajectory table from a few given parameters which are normally available to a reloader i.e. ballistic coefficient, muzzle velocity, sight height and zero range. I have since found what I need, which is very simple set of formulae by Professor Pejsa. I am not saying this book is worthless, it has a wealth of interesting information. However it is described on the cover as "Basic to Advanced Ballistics" - I think the middle two words of that phrase are inappropriate.

    I am not sure what Mr Rinker's mathematical abilities are, but he certainly doesn't have much confidence in his readers' maths. I would have thought that most people with an interest in ballistics would have an interest in maths and physics, so am not sure who the target audience is. ... Read more

    6. Horn of the Hunter: The Story of an African Hunt
    by Robert Ruark
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    Asin: 1571570233
    Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
    Publisher: Safari Press
    Sales Rank: 65090
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    The story of the author and his wife's two-month safari in East Africa in the 1950s. Ruark's philosophies are intertwined in the hunting stories to make unforgettable reading. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Writer on Safari
    Robert Ruark's chronicle of his African safari in the 1950s. This is good reading for both outdoor buffs and readers of a more literary type. Ruark avoids the pitfall of turning his book into an extended article for "Field and Stream." Aside from the details of the big-game hunt, he sprinkles his narrative with recollections of his WWII combat experience, musings on the literary world of New York, books, movies about Africa, and life in America. The focal point of the book is the daily experience of fighting the African environment in the pursuit of the elusive prey. The descriptions of the wildlife are thrilling as the hunting party tracks across the primeval plains. Ruark gives full attention to the discomforts of safari life and the doubtful sanity of those who submit themselves to this type of "recreation." The killing is graphically described and not for the squeamish. Animal rights activists should steer clear of this book.

    Ruark has great fun describing himself as an Ernest Hemingway "wannabe." Comparisons to Hemingway's "Green Hills of Africa" are inevitable. Ruark is more self-deprecating than Ernest Hemingway, and can see the outrageous humor of it all. The white hunter guide, Harry Selby, falls short of the Allan Quartermain ideal. Selby is afraid of snakes and scorpions, and manages to get the safari lost at least once. Just as Hemingway, Ruark takes his wife, Jenny, along on safari. She handles the discomforts very well, and doesn't wimp out.

    This book won't be studied a 100 years from now in American Lit. classes, but it's diverting reading. It recalls the macho standards of a different era. Ruark's reputation has faded since his heyday in the '50s and early '60s. For those who remember, this book is an interesting footnote to his literary career. ;-)

    4-0 out of 5 stars RUARK & HEMINGWAY
    After reading several reviews on this famous book and much wait when I finally got this book, truly I was a little bit disappointed during reading. I had in my mind something superior than Hemingway and Capstick's works. Before this I read his later book 'Use Enough Gun' which I think is better than this one. However, when I finished, it was added in my list of to-be-re-read books. These are the books which leave an impression on you, which take you in the atmosphere of theirs and you remember the good taste of the book as of very fine things in the life.

    Now I would say that Hemingway is a kind of more powerful and more hunter on this safari stuff, in the "Green Hills of Africa". His white hunter Philip Percival is not as much narrated as Herry Selby of Ruark's. Interstingly Selby is one of the pupil of Percival as Ruark is inspired by Hemingway.

    I think that the Ruark has the edge of being more comic and funny. His humouress narration of his own acts and that of his companions are different then many hero-type hunters-authors, who always succeed in every crisis. His desire to shoot a Greater Kudu trophy and story of fair chase and the end of a classic picture of true hunting attitude. He was not a rifle shooter before this safari as opposed to Hemingway who was a serious hunter. One of the finest parts in this book is the episode of sand grouse shooting and Ruark's pride on his expertise in bird shooting over his white hunter Selby, who used to surprise Ruark in rifle shooting.

    Collectively a very fine book on the African safari hunting in the golden era of long safaris.

    3-0 out of 5 stars from another bwana
    you know how they say''anticipation is sweeter than the possession'' thats what happened with me.Before buying this book I'have read the other reviwes,with no disrespect to other readers, but I think they have over done it a little.I am a long time big game hunter,what I found what is missing in this book is a thru heart of an hunter. The horn was there, but not the hunter. After reading the book, I remember more of the memsaabs hair care than the hunting adventures.I felt ,for Mr Ruark the shooting part of the safari was the most booring bit.Well that is his styl and I respect him
    I just wanted to share my thoughts with rest of my bwana brothers.Still a good reading.Especially to know the great character of Mr. Selby.

    5-0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK About an African Hunting Safari
    This is by far and away the BEST book I've ever read about a hunting safari in Africa. Ruark and his writing are in a class by himself. ALL the other books about him like Use Enough Gun were published after his untimely death. NONE of them compare. They are collections of articles and/or very short stories (some fiction) that collectively don't hold a candle to Horn of the Hunter. His writing makes you feel like you are beside him sharing his experiences. You will not regret buying this book. Simply the best!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better than this.........
    I had heard alot about this book for years and finally got around to reading it. If you enjoy high quality adventure and hunting writing, it truly does not come better than this.
    Ruark takes the reader along on his (and his wife's) first African safari and makes us feel the sights, sounds, smells, adventure, boredoom, fatigue, terror etc. that he experiences as if we were there. His writing is at times witty and always interesting. A fascinating portrait of an era long gone. A great read. ... Read more

    7. Trapshooting Secrets
    by James Russell
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    Asin: 0916367096
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
    Publisher: James Russell
    Sales Rank: 70201
    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    Like his other volume, Precision Shooting, James Russell's Trap Shooting Secrets is thick with tips, advice, techniques, and practice drills for anyone intent on improving his or her skills in a highly refined, complex, and technically demanding sport. Russell begins with a primer on buying the right shotgun, and builds from there on the essentials of basic shooting and a whole gamut of typical beginner's mistakes before moving on to more advanced targets like the psychology of competitive shooting, developing deeper concentration skills, and strategies for how to write off some of the high costs of trap shooting as a tax deduction. As informative as the volume is, it loses some points on style: pages crammed with text will likely glaze over your shooting eye, and its diagrams and illustrations, useful as they are, are relegated to the book's butt end as if appended as an afterthought. --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Books Deliver On The Promise!
    New to trap shooting and 56 years of age, I was hitting only 75 of 100 in singles and handicap, until I read Trap Shooting Secrets and Precision Shooting - The Trapshooter's Bible. On my first shoot I shot 181x200 in singles! My previous best score was only 168, so I picked up 13 targets right away. On handicap, my best was 75, but after reading the books my score jumped to 80, and that was on a very rainy cold day. How much of the books did I read to increase these scores? Three tips! Yes, just three shooting tips! In my opinion, these books are remarkable and I highly recommend shooter's read the books if they wish to see an increase in scores. Here's more! I followed the first phase of the practice tips, tightened my choke, employed the snap shooting technique, as advised in the books, and smoked the targets hard. Without a coach, I found it difficult to improve my shooting. These clay target shooting books is like having a coach by your side giving you inside knowledge and advice. There is valuable information in these books. The books deliver on the promise. I'm one satisfied customer!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Effective Books
    I purchased both of James Russell's fine books; Trap Shooting Secrets and Precision Shooting - The Trapshooter's Bible. After reading and rereading them, I know they have helped improve my scores. After reading the books, I found "my zone" and dusted 123 out of 125! The advice and instructions in these shotgun shooting books are truly powerful. My scores have absolutely improved! Of most importance. I found in the books, is finding the zone and when and where to pull the trigger. I found success after reading these books. In fact, they are so good, I read them a few dozen times, and these are not small books, they are huge in content. There is a tremendous amount of information in these books with many dozens of enlightening illustrations. I recommend you read both of Mr. Russell's trap shooting books, so you can reach your true potential quickly to be a top-notch shooter. The author has excellent works here and I'm most certainly looking forward to his next publication. Shooting is much more fun now that I don't miss the targets like I used to. If your scores are not where you want them to be, these are the books to make you a better shooter!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Look closely at the reviews...
    It seems rather odd that the overwhelming majority of reviews (all of which award this book 5 stars) are anonymous postings from Livingston, Texas. A quick internet search reveals that the author, James Russell, lives in Livingston. In fact, one review for this book is written by a "James Russell" from Livingston, though the reviewer states that he is "new to trap shooting and 56 years of age" It seems clear that Mr. Livingston is anonlymously writing reviews for his own book and giving it five stars to boost its ratings. If the book were really as good as he claims it is, one wonders why it would be necessary to falsely boost the ratings. Interestingly, a search on Amazon of James Russell's other books, such as those on screenwriting display the same tendency: many laudatory 5-star reviews from Livingston, TX, including some from the author, who claims to have benefited greatly from the wisdom of the book. Strange indeed!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Why are all the 5-star reviews from Livingston, TX?
    Funny, the author lives in Livingston, TX, which is a small town. But almost all the 5-star reviews for this book are from "a reader" or "an Amazon customer" in Livingston, TX. It seems like the author is stacking the reviews - and isn't smart enough to change his purported location!

    I am completely put off by the book's typos - it indicates poor attention to detail. And as others have said, the organization is mish-mash, and the figures are all at the back.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Review of Trapshooting Secrets by James Russell
    As a relative newcomer to the sport of trapshooting I've tried to read and digest as much as possible. I've found this book to be one of the least valuable and would suggest books by Midgalski, Chris Christian, and others instead. Russell's book presents a plethora of information, much of which is confusing, sometimes contradictory, poorly written,and somewhat messianic in tone. The graphics are mediochre, as is the print quality in this vanity publication. I gave this book a good read, after which my scores dropped dramatically. The assault of verbage left my brain reeling, undermining my confidence with the feeling that I was doing nothing right.. I put the book away, went back to the basics of gun hold, foot position, follow through, etc, rebuilt my confidence, and brought my scores back up. This book needs severe editing for information quality, punctuation, sentence structure, and graphics. Let the buyer beware. ... Read more

    8. Fishing on the Edge : The Mike Iaconelli Story
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    Asin: 0553804456
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-17)
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Sales Rank: 2659
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    9. Gun Dog: Revolutionary Rapid Training Method
    by Richard A. Wolters
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    Asin: 0525245499
    Catlog: Book (1961-06-01)
    Publisher: Dutton Books
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gun Dog
    Richard Wolters work was recommended to me by a fellow bird hunter. I found the book to be well written and to the point, pardon my pun. I purchased this book in preperation for my first Bird Dog. I tested Mr. Wolters technique on our family dog, a Beagle, and I was able to have her stopping on a dime to "WHOA". And after just ten minutes I was able to get her to Quarter back and forth across a baseball field. I can't wait for my hunting dog to arrive so that I can begin training him for the next hunting season. "Gun Dog" has definitley become my training bible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Use only as advised
    This book should have been read by the two guys who were out fishing and managed to lose both a new SUV and hunting dog. According to the story, they were ice-fishing on some northern lake, and they'd brought a couple of sticks of dynamite to blow a hole in the ice.

    Unfortunately, when they lit and threw the stick of dynamite, their retriever decided to fetch it and started to bring it back to them. Since they couldn't run as fast as the dog on the slippery ice, at that point they decided that discretion was the bitter part of valor, and started shooting at the dog hoping to stop him from returning with the stick of dynamite.

    Unfortunately they both missed, and at that point the dog, who wasn't a complete idiot and knew when he wasn't wanted, decided to take shelter under the new SUV, which was parked nearby on the ice. Before they could shoo him out from under the vehicle, the dynamite stick exploded, blowing a big hole in the ice, into which the new SUV fell and sank, never to be seen again, along with the presumed remains of their overly enthusiastic but somewhat misguided hunting dog.

    Well, I hope their next dog worked out better, and for those with less traumatic gun-dog experiences who are still undaunted by the call of the wild, this book should be a valuable training guide.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    This is a wonderful book. Wolters has helped me to train one of the best dogs I have ever hunted with. Which surprised me since this is the first dog I have ever trained. People compliment me whenever they see my dog in action; whether it be at the lake, park or in the feild. Highly recomended!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Could be better
    I was a bit disappointed with this book. It does not give step by step instruction and leaves you feeling like there is something missing. There are better dog training books out there. The author has a few "old" ways of training and there are better methods.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best puppy training method
    I have used this book to train several dogs with great success. In fact, my book is so old and passed around so much, it is falling apart. I love it. I do not hunt, but the puppy/dog training method section is so logical! It works everytime! I highly recommend this book.
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    10. Lefty Kreh's Ultimate Guide to Fly Fishing : Everything Anglers Need to Know by the World's Foremost Fly Fishing Expert
    by Lefty Kreh
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    Asin: 1592281117
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
    Sales Rank: 14775
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Lefty Kreh is widely acknowledged around the world as being the wisest and most widely read fly fishing instructor. Over the past fifty years he has written nearly two dozen books, accounting for hundreds of thousands of copies in print, in order to address the many aspects of this exciting sport. Now for the first time, all of Lefty's many tips and techniques will be available in a single, powerful volume: LEFTY KREH'S ULTIMATE GUIDE TO FLY FISHING. Culled from a lifetime of fishing and teaching in almost every conceivable place a fish can be caught, fly fishers will learn the master's thousands of subtle tricks and invaluable insights, such as:

    · Selection of rod, line, and leader for fresh and salt water
    · Basic casting, casting in salt water, solving casting problems, advanced casting
    · Approaching fish and presenting flies
    · Techniques for trout, salmon, bass, panfish, stripers, bluefish, sharks, tarpon, bonefish, and more
    · Fly design and selection
    · Fishing in rivers and lakes, inshore and offshore, in mangrove backwaters and on the open sea

    No single work contains more of Lefty's experience and knowledge. It will be a boon to beginners, a reference to experts, and the ultimate work for Lefty enthusiasts and collectors. A must-have for all anglers.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Pentultimate Fly-Fishing Book!
    Every once in a while there is an expert who, through years of trial and error and effort-gains lots of knowledge about his area of interest- Such a man is Lefty Kreh- and then- sometimes he puts it all into one book-and makes it available to us neophytes-and WE WIN!
    Just such a book is this- whatever you need to know-flies, knots, tackle, methods, fish, water (Fresh-salt-warm-inland)-
    Hey , Lefty knows it- he puts it down! You get the book- you will know it too! ... Read more

    11. A Master's Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod
    by Everett Garrison, Hoagy B. Carmichael
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    Asin: 0962060976
    Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
    Publisher: Meadow Run Pr
    Sales Rank: 124002
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    By unanimous agreement, this is simply the best work on the subject – the definitive book. Mr. Garrison, a mechanical engineer by training, built perhaps the finest rods ever – and describes how it’s done. He died before the book was first published (in 1977) though his protégé, Hoagy B. Carmichael, completed it and brought it to publication. Essential reading for all who admire fine bamboo rods. A useful section is included on restoration, refinishing and repair as well. Now In Its Third Printing ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Bible of bamboo rod building
    Garrison's book is one of the seminal references for anyone who endevours to build bamboo fly rods. It's also a great read for anyone who enjoys cane rods. Though I may never have the chance to cast a Garrison, I've gained a much greater appreciation of the care and craftsmanship that he invested in each of his rods.

    Plus, it's a nice green color and looks impressive on a bookshelf. ... Read more

    12. Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico
    by Vic Dunaway, Kevin R. Brant
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    Asin: 0936240180
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
    Publisher: Wickstrom Publishers
    Sales Rank: 36633
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    The Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico is a must have for any angler. 200+ color illustrations of the fish you may encounter are presented in meticulous detail to help you identify that critter on the end of your line. Expert information about each species gives you a quick reference guide, specific tips, hints, biological information and covering such essentials as range, size, fishing methods and edibility. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book and Reference
    This book is well written and nicely cross referenced. When it's not on my boat during a fishing trip, it stays in the throne room for good reading. The only complaint I have is that the author seems to think nearly every fish in the sea is tasty. Only a few of the fish in the book are labeled as "Poor" when it comes to food quality.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best Guide To Identify Fish...
    If your trying to find out what is on the end of your line... I would suggest this book. It has good illustrations of many fish and a few other interesting facts about them. It also covers the whole gulf area rather than selecting a state or two. The only draw back is it doesn't include great detail on how to catch each particular fish.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Guide
    This book is an excellent reference guide for identifing gulf and bay fishes, and contains very little "how-to" information. Fish are separated into families. Each fish has a detailed color illustration, common name(s), and scientific name, plus a short description of each of the following categories: physical description, range, habitat, typical sizes, food value, game quality, typical tackle and bait, and a very short description of typical fishing methods. 185 fish are pictured in all, including sharks, stingrays, baitfish, and a number of other fish that may be encountered even though they are not normally thought of as sportfish. ... Read more

    13. The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference
    by Ted Leeson, Jim Schollmeyer
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    Asin: 1571881263
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-13)
    Publisher: Frank Amato Publications
    Sales Rank: 9518
    Average Customer Review: 4.95 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Every dressing technique I've ever heard of is here!
    This is not a book that provides patterns and technique; this is a book of techniques that may be applied to patterns.

    This wonderful book has very clear illustrations of just about every dressing technique I've ever seen, or heard of, or wondered about. The most obscure technique for winging I know of, the "reverse hackle" or as the Brit's call it, "wonderwing" is clearly shown. I'd never run across anything about this winging style, save for a few photos in European journals. I find the inclusion of this obscure technique amazing.

    This book has something for everybody: beginners will have choices for tying that are easier (or, more sophisticated) than the guide they are working from; and, intermediate and advanced tiers will find interesting new methods or new uses for existing materials.

    I simply have never seen a survey of technique this extensive anywhere in the (already voluminous) fly tying literature.

    Mr. Schollmeyer's photos are sharp, well oriented and highly illustrative. Mr. Leeson's text (which is a substantial departure from his superb prose work) is a model of clarity and concise description.

    Overall this is a fine work and one which will, I predict, become a standard in the field.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Fly Tier's Bible
    I recently recieved this book as a gift and I was delighted. I've heard rave reviews about this book from fellow anglers. Even though this book is expensive, it's worth it. The book consists of step by step photos of tying on different materials for soft hackled flies, streamers, dry flies, bass flies and nymphs patterns. Since I mostly fish for steelhead, I wished the book had tips for tying egg patterns. But, I would recommend every fly angler should have this book on their bench....

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Fly Tiers Benchside Reference
    WOW! Of all the fly tying books I own, and there are many, this is the most useful of them all! Don't look for patterns here, just page after page of technique, clearly defined and photographed. You'll become a better tier just owning this masterpiece. This book will answer every fly tying question you've ever had and many you haven't even thought of yet. This is a must have for any fly tier regardless of skill level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
    What an incredible achievement this book is! It is way beyond my abilities as a tyer. However, the comprehensive and beautifully photographed discussions of far more tying techniques than I ever knew existed is a real inspiration to expand my horizons. This book will be a classic used by generations of fly tyers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fly Tyer's Bench Side Referance
    This book is a must have on all serious fly tyer's benches. Have you ever started working on a pattern and could not get wings, wing cases, hackle,or collars to sit right, or maybe need to make a dubbing loop or re-enforce herl. Maybe, it's weaving a body on a nymph. Then heres your answer. This book goes from A to Z on all fly tying endeavors. I can not tell you how many times I have read just for reading or referred to solve difficulty's that I have encounterd while tying. A wonderful well thought out book that all serious fly Tyers at all levels can truly appreciate. This book deserves more stars than Amazon allows to give. ... Read more

    14. Death in the Long Grass
    by Peter H. Capstick
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    Asin: 0312186134
    Catlog: Book (1978-01-15)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Sales Rank: 6431
    Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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    Few men can say they have known Africa as Peter Hathaway Capstick has know it-- leading safaris through lion country; tracking man-eating leopards along tangled jungle paths; running for cover as fear-maddened elephants stampede in all directions. And of the few who have known this dangerous way of life, fewer still can recount their adventures with the flair of this former professional hunter-turned-writer.

    Based on Capstick's own experiences and the personal accounts of his colleagues, Death in the Long Grass portrays the great killers of the African bush-- not only the lion, leopard, and elephant, but the primitive rhino and the crocodile waiting for its unsuspecting prey, the titanic hippo and the Cape buffalo charging like an express train out of control. Capstick was a born raconteur whose colorful descriptions and eye for exciting, authentic detail bring us face to face with some of the most ferocious killers in the world-- underrated killers like the surprisingly brave and cunning hyena, silent killers such as the lightning-fast black mamba snake, collective killers like the wild dog. Readers can lean back in a chair, sip a tall, iced drink, and revel in the kinds of stories Hemingway and Ruark used to hear in hotel bars from Nairobi to Johannesburg, as veteran hunters would tell of what they heard beyond the campfire and saw through the sights of an express rifle.

    As thrilling as any novel, as taut and exciting as any adventure story, Death in the Long Grass takes us deep into the heart of darkness to view the Africa that few people have ever seen.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good quick read
    I enjoyed it - - the great thing is that each of the chapters can be read in about half an hour - - about my limit before falling asleep each night. The tales of lions and their power is truly remarkable. Mr. Capstick is a great story teller, and his stories are interesting enough and although gory, clean enough, for thrill-seeking readers of all ages. It's also interesting to hear the perspective of someone who believes in conservation yet rejects categorically the view about hunting and animal preservation that we see every night on animal shows on TV. It's thought provoking and makes me think that someday I might look nice in a leopard skin coat . . . (or not)

    On the downside, Mr. Capstick's humor wears a bit thin sometimes, and for that I dock him at least half a star. And the book is a bit pricey for what you get. I enjoyed what I have read of Jim Corbett more than Mr. Capstick's book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for the outdoorsman.
    Peter Hathaway Capstick ranks among the finest story tellers in the world today. His tales of hunting dangerous African game in "Death in the Long Grass" is riveting. His anecdotes portray in vivid detail the danger, fear, and humor in hunting big game in the African bush. Read this book and you will never look at a leopard the same again, or any other big game species in Africa for that matter. Capstick's respect for the animals he hunted and for the African people is quite apparent. "Bravo old boy!"

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Corbett
    The book is ok but really not worth its price. It has short stories which get boring after a while. I found Jim Corbett's stories far more interesting and fun to read. But overall this book does give some insight into african wild life. I think the author is very arrogant and pompous. He has no concern for the native people. He is a complete contrast of Jim Corbett.

    5-0 out of 5 stars READ CAPSTICK!!
    There are adventure stories written by writers who were occasional adventurers (Conrad, Ruark, Hemingway), and there are adventure stories written by those who were only writers (Orwell, a million others,) and then there are a tiny number of adventure stories written by professional adventurers who also *luckily* happen to be brilliant writers. Peter Hathaway Capstick is the chief of this tribe, which includes John Taylor and a couple of others. This is a general review of all his writing, and so I won't get too specific, but it isn't a stretch at all to say that this is the finest, most exciting, most frightening, most eloquent writing ever done on the hunting experience, on hunting in Africa, and perhaps on what happens at that moment when man "goes back on the menu" after being off of it for a measley thousand years or so.

    Capstick was a stock broker turned hunting organizer turned (through a curcuitous route) to being a PH or professional hunter in Africa, and then had the skill and the will to set it all down. I have never had more riveting reading experiences than when he tells of having to shoot a big bull elephant (driven mad drunk after eating morula fruit) in bush so thick that he was actually 5 feet from the elephant before he saw it. Or of his friend Corporal Katwindi, the African tribesman who was killed trying to save his life. Or of stalking a black mamba that had killed a boy. This particular story includes the three most chilling words I've read in a long time: as he comes around a bend in the river bank, he sees the dead child (bitten on the lower lip) horribly swollen and disfigured, his face contorted in agony from the mamba bite. "Oh my, yes." Capstick says, and nothing else need be said. He was there, at that point where the line between life and death gets so horribly thin and transparent, and he's able to come back from it and tell it to you so that you feel the same goose flesh he felt, the same clutching fear, the same doubt about your courage, the same desire to run screaming back to your office job.

    You'll laugh, too. "There may be something more exciting than lion hunting, but I don't have her phone number any more." Or the story of the African camp steward who had slavishly dedicated himself to learning English to impress the clients, (by overhearing phrases and memorizing their meanings) and while wearing a crisp starched uniform, snaps to a British salute in front of the distinguished safari couple and tells the lady "Tea is ready, darling." His ability to find, and bring back, wonderful humor from gruelling experiences, like when his skin basically rotted off his feet during the rainy season, will not soon be forgotten.

    One of the most memorable aspects of his writing is his deep respect and affection for the African natives that he admired so much, and the few that he was proud to call his friends. He is quick to point out that any perceived inadequacies on their part are strictly cultural, not racial, and he was in awe of their abilities in their world. One old man could not, for the life of him, to save his soul, be taught how to flick a disposable cigarette lighter so that it would light. The little thumb roll that we do without thinking completely evaded him. His hands just wouldn't do it, couldn't do it. So he stuck it in his ear hole. This same man could smell elephants miles away and could track game over bare rock, could look at a broken leaf and tell what animal did it and when, leaving Capstick in awe. As impossible as the lighter was to him, this incredible oneness with the natural world was ultimately impossible for Capstick, and for us all.

    That's enough for now. If you are reading this review, you probably already have one or more of PHC's books. But if, on the off chance, you don't, then do yourself a favor and get as many as you can, and I dare you to try to put them down. They are that good. Better literature than Hemingway? Probably not. Probably not as profound as Ruark. But he has them all trumped when your knuckles are white with fear, and beads of sweat pop out on your brow, and you try to remember...did I chamber one, or not? And there's a soft crunch in the leaves ahead, and then we're back to what is most elemental: predator and prey, and which of us is which is entirely up for grabs.

    Thanks, Peter. Gone but not forgotten.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A TIMELESS CLASSIC
    This was about my sixth or seventh reading of this Capstick classic and I believe I enjoyed it even more than the last. As a hunter I enjoy reading the works of those with the ability to portray on paper the true happenings and emotions of the hunter and his prey. It is unfortunate that Capstick and others like Hemingway and Ruark have passed on but all is not lost because there is another author who is carrying on their tradition of enlightening while entertaining the hunters of today. His name is Thomas McIntyre and his latest book, "SEASONS & DAYS - A HUNTING LIFE" follows in the footsteps of these great authors before him. He is truly one of the finest storytellers of our time. He is the hunter's hunter. ... Read more

    15. The Hungry Ocean : A Swordboat Captain's Journey
    by Linda Greenlaw
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    Asin: 0786885416
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-07)
    Publisher: Hyperion
    Sales Rank: 7633
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    Known to millions of readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, Linda Greenlaw is also known as one of the best sea captains on the East Coast. Here she offers an adventure-soaked tale of her own, complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick.

    "A beautiful book...a story of triumph, of a woman not only making it but succeeding at the highest level in one of the most male-dominated and most dangerous professions." -- Douglas Whynott,

    The New York Times Book Review

    "An authentic, insightful account of the intensity of captaining a crew of strong men in an ocean which does what it wants." -- Daniel Hays, co-author of My Old Man and the Sea

    "A crystal-clear account of fishing the Grand Banks in a modern swordfish boat. Greenlaw is an excellent captainand an excellent writer." -- John Casey, author of Spartina

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Surprise and a Treat
    When I first picked up this book I thought "Here is someone trying to cash in on 15 minutes of fame" as a character in Sebastian Junger's A PERFECT STORM. Nothing could be further from the truth. Linda Greenlaw does not write about the storm that claimed the crew of her sister ship, the Andrea Gail, but rather describes the routine of a normal month-long fishing trip on board the Hannah Boden to the Grand Banks in search of swordfish. I found the narrative to be honest and straightforward with wonderful moments of humor. The book was difficult to put down. Greenlaw captures both the adrenaline rush and the utter fatigue brought on my thirty days spent at sea. When I came to the end of the book, I had the same question the owner of the Hannah Boden always had for Greenlaw when she returned to Gloucester. "When are you going back out?"

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Hungry Ocean will eat your soul!
    In the words of the only woman Swordboat captain plying the Grand Banks fishing fields, you get a glimpse into the life of a modernday Ahab. It takes a special kind of person to sign up for a month of crowded quarters & hardy hygiene; mind-boggling hours of either endless maintenance or baiting & trolling. With a poet's eye for the beauty of her surroundings & her vessel & a fine sense of humor when it comes to her mischievous crew, Linda Greenlaw's memories, aspirations & impeccable courage & skill make this book a grand read. By the way, this is the life & times of the captain of the sister ship "Andrea Gail" about which Sebastian Junger wrote in "The Perfect Storm", soon to be released as a motion picture.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A very good read about something most of us will never do
    This book isn't life-changing or even inspirational--in a good way. I was hesitant initially because I thought the book might work a 'girl-power' angle as Greenlaw is one of, if not the only, female swordfish captains in the world. Instead, it does a fantastic job of describing a world most of us will never know--the inner workings of a fisherman's (woman's) life: the politics involved in pleasing a demanding boat owner and restless crew, the tedious waiting game where instincts and electronics seek the elusive fish many days away from shore, and the excitment of the non-stop work when the fishing is good. It even gives an account of the finances involved including a breakdown of the market price of fish and how it affects everyone's pay. I had no idea of the immense costs each fishing trip takes in equipment, food, and gas. It is a great look at the day-to-day life. Where it falls short is addressing some grander issues such as the environment and the history and future of fishing. Greenlaw does have a few sentences sprinkled throughout and it's clear that from her viewpoint that the environment hoopla about overfishing is overblown and while these statements do make the reader long for more knowledge on the topic, I guess the authenticity of the book is that we get the raw one-sided opinion of a true fisherman (woman) and not some policy wonk. A very good read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    I actually could not put this book down--I read it in one day. It provides a vicarious experience of a truly unique profession. Totally engrossing.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Well written description of longline fishing and leadership
    Longline fishing remains a controversial subject. The author touches on slightly the issue of over fishing but simply states that the USA has the best managed fishing regulations in the world and it's all those pesky foreigners that cause the problems. The issue of longline fishing itself and the havoc it causes to sea life not associated with the catch is not addressed in the book. Ms Greenlaw, however gives a very well written and detailed and fascinating exposition of the organisation, equipment, and techniques that go into a single voyage which she peppers with individual anecdotes of incidents at sea. But, it is also an exemplary study of leadership and those who fly our planes, drive our buses and trucks, steer our ferries, or manage work sites of any kind might read this book and see how they measure up. As my idea of a sea adventure is to catch the Manly Ferry from Manly to Circular Quay, across Sydney Harbour Australia, THE HUNGRY OCEAN also gives a real feel of the beauty and power of that beast. ... Read more

    16. Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World Record Largemouth Bass
    by Monte Burke
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    Asin: 0525948635
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-17)
    Publisher: Dutton Adult
    Sales Rank: 4993
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Monte Burke is currently a senior reporter at Forbes. A passionate angler and outdoorsman, he has written many articles for Field & Stream and other periodicals. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This Kind of Fishing is no Sport
    And all this time I thought that fishing was supposed to be a stress releiving, sit on the bank of the river drinking a beer on a sunny summer day. Boy, was I ever wrong. These people don't approach fishing like that at all. "Nuts" is not a word that I would use, but it's not far off.

    A little background, the world record for large mouth bass is now 72 years old. Other catches have come close to the twenty two pounds four ounces of that fish, but so far, none have surpassed it.

    Since then, but especially in the past few years people have been diligently seeking to surpass this record. I hate to have to say this, but it is rumored that some people have even tried to cheat to break the record. Texas is even trying to breed the biggest fish, well, what would you expect from Texas.

    This is the story of the quest for the fish, the people, their lakes, and tales of the "sport." It's a delightful read. And while you'll necer catch the winning pass at the Super Bowl, you could catch the biggest bass.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Decadent Sport
    Burke covers a lot of territory in this informative book:biographical profiles of the top anglers in California, a historical survey of bass-fishing, an investigation of the legend of George Perry, Texas' program to grow world-record bass, Porter Hall's bass ponds in Mississippi, and a look at some disgraceful, cheating "bassholes." You also read about a couple of lure-makers, the origin of BASS and other organizations, the growth of tournaments, and bass-fishing in Japan.The last chapter is about guide Samuel Yera and bass-fishing in Cuba, where fishermen make their own lures (crafting rubber worms from worn-out tennis shoes!) and fish mainly for food, and where the sport hasn't become "an obsessive pursuit with unhealthy manifestations for most everyone involved."

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Call me Ishmael."
    The opening line from Melville's Moby Dick says it all.

    This book is not about catching the biggest largemouth bass in the world. It's about the men who try to catch the biggest largemouth bass in the world. (Don't worry though; Burke recites plenty of fishing tales.)

    Their stories are all a bit different but, at their core, have many of the same elements. No matter if it's the anger and frustration of Bob Crupi or a desire to be the "biggest dog" like Mike Long, each and every angler - addict might be more accurate - displays a single-minded purpose; to catch the biggest largemouth bass in the world.

    Sowbelly is a great read!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for Bassers and all who strive to be the best!
    A fantastic read! As the owner of the Creek Chub factory display of the World Record Bass and having fished with some he writes about including Porter Hall in Florida and Dan Snow in trips to Cuba in 1979, and closely following the exploits of others who persue big bass, I know that this authors reporting is accurate.

    He also has dug deeper than anyone else uncovering a lot of information that no one knew, pulling it all together in a compelling way that helps us to understand the sacrificies made by those who strive to be the best or set a world record in any endeavor.

    I will read it again and again and am highly recommending it to all my friends and you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hook, line, and sinker!!!
    This is simply one of the best, most well written books I have ever read---on any subject!My highest compliment is that I wish it had gone on and on.If Mr. Burke decides to write another book, I shall be the first in line to purchase it. Great job, Monte! ... Read more

    17. Tying and Fishing Southern Appalachian Trout Flies
    by Don Howell
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    Asin: 1893651029
    Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
    Publisher: Fern Creek Press
    Sales Rank: 639435
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Comprehensive guide to tying original southern Appalachian trout patterns.Equipment and tactics for fishing for Southern Appalachian trout. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Tying & Fishing Southern Appalachian Trout Flies
    The book is very informative and discriptive in showing how to tie the flies as well as breaking new ground in creating interest. The author's ability to combine these unique patterns with interesting stories is a refreshing change from the standard how to books. Truly the genius of the author and those composing the book have created and made this a collectors item. Truly a brilliant piece of work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tying & Fishing Southern Appalachian Trout Flies
    Fantastic book interesting, informative and educational written by a legend in the world of flyfishing, Mr. Don Howell.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tying & Fishing Southern Appalachian Trout Flies
    A fantastic book in the old tridition presented in a modern fasion. Unlike any fly tying and fly fishing book on the market today this book details the flies, art of fly tying as well as the author. It is a supurb book very helpful and informative as well as some insight about the genuine article, Don Howell a true Appalachian flyfishing legend.


    18. The Orvis Guide To Reading Trout Streams (Orvis Guides)
    by Tom Rosenbauer
    list price: $17.95
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    Asin: 1558219331
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: The Lyons Press
    Sales Rank: 218996
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The Orvis Guide to Reading Trout Streams is a complete guide to where trout live and feed in a stream. Graced with dozens of helpful schematic drawings by Jim Sulham and more than seventy-five revealing photographs, this book will give all trout fishermen a more coherent understanding of the waters they fish. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars the very best of its kind
    rosenbauer's books are, in my opinion, the very best introductory and intermediate fly fishing books available.this particular book about reading trout streams is an absolulte gem; we learn about different water types, the needs of trout, the relationship between water type and insect activity, etc.

    everyone needs to learn to cast, tie knots and identify basic kinds of trout foods; this book will help any fly fisherman better understand where in the water the trout actually hold, how flows and other seasonal changes affect trout habitat, and will eliminate some of the time that we all waste fishing 'dead water.'an excellent read and even better teaching material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Rosenbauer/Orvis Publication !!
    All of the Orvis Streamside guides, most of them seemingly written by Tom Rosenbauer, are excellent guides to strategy and the flyfishing approach. (Well alright, maybe the one about knots wasn't all that scintillating, but probably great info. for newbies, I suppose.) This guide is no exception - clear, consice and well-written, unlike this review. Well worth adding to your flyfishing bookcase. It's a great guide to what you'll need to do to hit trout when they don't seem to be actively feeding on anything. These insights could well salvage a day streamside. ... Read more

    19. Cartridges of the World (Cartridges of the World)
    by Frank C. Barnes, Stan Skinner
    list price: $27.99
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    Asin: 0873496051
    Catlog: Book (2003-09)
    Publisher: Krause Publications
    Sales Rank: 22650
    Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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    This benchmark volume is the foremost source for cartridge information. Hunters, target shooters, military history buffs, ammunition reloaders and cartridge collectors alike will find all the answers to their cartridge and shotshell questions in this comprehensive book that includes 1,500+ cartridges.

    This reference book includes detailed photos, dimensional drawings and loading data. Descriptions of obsolete American cartridges tell the tale of ammunition used by settlers, cowboys and outlaws during the nation’s westward expansion, and offer insights into unusual rounds that never caught on. Hunters and shooters can improve their success with the useful ballistics tables.

    -Completely updated with new cartridges and information on electronically fired rounds.
    -Includes European and American cartridges, shotshells, wildcats and black powder rounds.
    -450 b&w photos for helpful reference.
    -Handy index included. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars how this one rates with me a avid shooter
    I bought this volume with the intent of studing old and obsolete british big bores from the "golden era" of africian hunting. I was a little disipointed with the completness of the section, but i realize at the same time that the author cannot realisticly cover every possible cartridge ever made in a rifle....All in all it is a title proud of the unofficial title given to it by those in the gun industry....."the cartridge bible". It also has many corrections in this volume that needed to be made because of past editions. The extra tidbits that the author makes in the different sections of the book about the history and the power of the cartridges make the book more than a reference book but makes it a great reading book also......i look forward to upcoming editions.....

    5-0 out of 5 stars You will need this one lads..
    Pretty much THE standard firearms reference text. For the beginner the task of choosing and recognising a cartridge can be a tad confusing at best ( A simple example will suffice- this round is a .22 rimfire. Is it a .22 short? a .22 Long? A .22 Long rifle? a .22 shot cartridge? a 5mm rem. Magnum? a .22 Win. Mag?- you get the idea. Lets not even start on .30 Cal. Magnums!)

    This is the authortive guidelines on every cartridge ever produced, with short history, ballistics and so on. Handloaders, and collectors must have this- hunters might manage to live without.

    There are some opinions scattered throughout the book, but nothing in those is particully worrying- there is certainly no opinion that I would consider dangerous or worrying. And even if there are opinions which you might disagree with, gentle reader, this is still the only book that I am aware of that goes into such depth on such a range of cartridges. Recommended.

    Grade: A

    5-0 out of 5 stars Ammo Collectors referance book
    I have have been Collecting Ammo for more than 10 years and always had problems when trying to find out what the calbre of the cartridge is that does not have any markings and this book is the only book one the market that will tell you what the bullet is and small history about the round and reloading detail.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Reply to "Spartiate" - new thoughts on an older edition
    Cartridges of the World Review

    First of all, most of what I'm going to say relates to Edition nine, but is designed to tie in with comments made by "Spartiate" below. I felt his/her comments deserved a reply, because they echo thoughts I had when I first bought Edition nine.

    I had thought Edition Nine was an excellent advance on what I'd read before, with a few low patches. Previous editions I'd seen were two and five, when John Amber and Frank Barnes reigned supreme. Nine certainly has vastly more information, and I'm curious as to whether Ten has that much more again.

    I agree with certain criticisms, particularly the repetition within the entries on the Lazzeroni and JDJ cartridges. It seemed to me (with my more limited knowledge) that the editor was trying to fill space while talking about new cartridges that didn't (yet!) have much history worth speaking of. A collated expose on those companies that offered various proprietary cartridges, with the odds and sods at the end listed by calibre, might have been better and allowed a lot less repetition of somewhat less relevant material.

    I didn't examine the handloading data very carefully, not being actively engaged in the sport myself, and can't comment on errors. What I did think was a shame was the numerous horrendous typographical errors, omissions and "tab-stop disasters" present especially within the British Cartridges section. From this viewpoint, some of the older editions were better.

    Inconsistencies from one edition to another are also apparent, e.g. Barnes's comments on the .32 Winchester Special and the rifles which fire it have been COMPLETELY RUBBISHED in the most scathing tones by the editor in the 9th edition. This was an ideal opportunity for the 9th edition editor to state the obvious (that the inaccuracy problem could be solved with an oversize bullet, as he did), and to explain carefully why the "designed for blackpowder reloading" story was a nonsense - not to denigrate the previous author, in whose footsteps he claims to be so proud to tread. Maybe this is why he was not asked back for Edition Ten.

    It would be a shame indeed if these errors have been perpetuated. I would hope, if I bought Number Ten, that more cartridges would have been added that we have NEVER heard of before, and not just an expanded list of variations on a theme from Jones and Lazzeroni, or a rehash of what has gone before. Dimensional tables should, by now, include case capacity (especially when I can download the FREE demo of "Load From A Disk" from and get cartridge dimensions and case capacities that Barnes' book doesn't cover!!!).

    The use of the QuickLOAD ballistics program was, I thought, inspired as it gave (I felt) a good impression of what might be possible for a cartridge on which little work had as yet been done, but it took me a long time to find any other reference to it! (I now have this program on order). It could equally have been applied to those much older/obsolete cartridges "for which no ballistic or handloading information is available" far more often and far more consistently than it was.

    It's also about time, I think, that something was said about bullets. These are an essential part of the cartridge, and I think that a chapter or two devoted to them would be handy, especially the very heavy, very light and very streamlined efforts. This would be a valuable addition.

    Any comments from someone who has both editions nine and ten?

    (Note: I have NO connection with any of the software companies or products I have mentioned).

    2-0 out of 5 stars 10th Edition--Not Worth the Wait
    Comparing the review dates to Amazon's release date (July '03), I believe this may be the first review of the actual 10th Edition currently offered for sale. Having assigned a rating of two stars, obviously well below the average, let me preface my remarks by stating, in all fairness, that my expectations were probably artifically high due to anticipation, as Amazon provided three BS delivery dates (order/upgrade/complaint date plus shipping time estimate, even before release) before finally shipping the book (Next Day Air--worst $$ I ever spent) ten weeks or so after my order date.

    While I obviously cannot hold the author/editors responsible for Amazon's corporate policies, the reason I put up with all that nonsense in the first place, when I could have bought the 9th edition elsewhere for less money, and had it in a week, was to have the most comprehensive, up-to-date reference available--the past few years have been a dynamic period for cartridge development--and it is here that COTW 10 fails to deliver.

    First, despite the assertions on the cover "A Complete and Illustrated Reference . . ." and "THE (emphasis mine) Book for Every Shooter, Collector, and Handloader", it is ANYTHING BUT COMPREHENSIVE. The preferences and prejudices of the editors are transparent, not only (understandably) in the articles on each cartridge, but also (inexcusably) in the choice of cartridges covered/omitted. Basically, you are reading neither about all the cartridges in the world, nor about the most popular, powerful, or historically significant, but those the writers use/like. Having read numerous books, magazines, and websites about shooting and reloading, I nevertheless came across several cartridges, from the sublime to the ridiculous (i.e., cartridges never chambered), of which I had never heard. On the flip side, I found coverage of certain areas--Chapter 4, Wildcats, in particular (the reason I bought the book; after all, data on mainstream/factory cartridges is available everywhere)--disappointing. Whole categories were ignored: the necked-down .50BMG cartridges used for long-range competition, for example, and the Hawk family of blown-out '06-case rounds. Conversely, the author's fixation on any cartridge ever dreamed of by JDJ/SSK and Lazzeroni is obvious, and the repetition of the Lazz marketing blurb "While somewhat related to an older case, for practical purposes this is a new case design" begins to grate after a while, occupying as it does room that would have been better spent on variety!

    My second major criticism, again related somewhat to the wait, is INATTENTION TO DETAIL. After all, the 10th Edition of every book should be, regardless of one's agreement/disagreement with content, a book that has been edited ten times! Instances range from minor annoyances to potential safety hazards. The organization of each chapter is, ostensibly, "in the order of increasing bullet diameter, or if caliber is the same, by length or power." Unfortunately, while shooters may argue over minor differences in power (say, .30 Mauser vs. .30 Tokarev), there are some glaring mixups both in this area (.45 WinMag before .45 ACP; brutal .454 Casull before 19th Century slowpoke.45 S&W Schofield), and even by diameter (.350 Rem Mag between .376 Steyr and .375 H&H). Likewise, the distinction among "modern" (i.e. repopularized by Cowbow Action Shooting) and "obsolete" Old West cartridges seems to be somewhat arbitrary. Dimensional drawings accompanying each article vary from awesome for the Remington Ultra Mags to basic, leaving out even bullet diameter, for most others (although these are included in the tables that follow each chapter). Many of the articles seem to be retreads, including outdated statements (i.e. referring to the discontinued .376 Steyr Scout Rifle in the future tense) in a book published two months ago!

    Despite all these hiccups, Cartridges of the World, 10th Edition, is an interesting read, written by shooters for shooters. The articles are literate and entertaining, and the book is a surprisingly quick read for a reference work. If you like shooting, reloading, and the history of cartridges, you'll find it informative; if your preferences more or less coincide with the editors', you'll enjoy it. Overall, I would rate it three, if not four stars, were it not for the fact that inattentive editing extends to the reloading data provided, creating confusion that could lead to potentially unsafe conditions for the inexperienced reloader. For example, the same .220 Swift, 55-grain hollow point is said to develop 1764 foot-pounds at 3800fps, and 1955 at 3000. A typo is a typo, until you start talking about gunpowder! Read and reload carefully. ... Read more

    20. Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values (Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms and Their Values)
    by Norm Flayderman
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    Asin: 0873493133
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Krause Publications
    Sales Rank: 28028
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Truly the best reference and price guide available for antique American arms. The combination of historical reference, vastness of scope, and authoritative pricing make this the ultimate antique American arms value guide.

    The world's best-known antique arms dealer and authority expands and updates prices and adds more historic information in this new eighth edition. Identify and price more than 4,000 antique American firearms manufactured between 1850 and 1900, using two grades of condition. A detailed history of firearms adds to the reader's knowledge of how a specific gun is priced.

    Prices have been fully reviewed to reflect current market values. A quick reference section includes a detailed index to guide collectors to specifications, values, and historical data on specific arms.

    -Best reference and price guide for American antique arms
    -Fully updated to reflect current market values on 4,000 guns
    -Expanded historical information on individual firearms
    -More than 1,700 large scale photos aid in identification ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable for Gun Collectors
    As a collector of Civil War carbines, this is the most important book I own for my hobby. There is wonderful background information for novice and professional alike. The number and quality of entries is phenomenal. The information about each gun includes a bit of history, model descriptions, number manufactured, markings, variations; everything that is essential to the collector. Just a couple of nits -- the values quoted are usually low, and some variants of guns have a "scarce, worth premium" note. It would help to know what that premium is, even an approximation. All things considered, this book is a must have for every gun collector.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms
    This book is indispensible for collectors and sellers. The text provides excellent information not found in other publications that cover such a wide variety of items. The only consistent deficiency I found is its pricing. Pricing does not match with publications printed annually that are dedicated more to current firearms value than the value of information provided by Flayderman's. As with anything, no one is always right or wrong. I recommend this book based on the historical research done by Mr. Flayderman.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great for buyers, poor for sellers
    Overall the book is decent, I have found that realistically prices in this book are low (at least for early model Colt revolvers,..dragoons, 1851 Navy, 1860 Army, etc..) As this is my only area of expertise, I cannot comment on the pricing of rifles, autos, etc....

    This books strongest point is the amount of detail it provides.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms
    I absolutely agree with one of the testimonials on the back cover of the book that ...if I had to settle for only one book in my entire arms library it would unquestionably be FLAYDERMAN'S GUIDE. One cannot collect Antique American arms without this book. It truly is indispensible and deserves what other collectors have said about it being "The Bible". 7 editions are living proof.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For antique firearm values, this is it.
    This is the authoritative book on antique firearm values. It has lots of excellent information on gun collecting in the opening chapters. The following chapters on values are well organized and illustrated. There are other similar books on the market, but I feel this one is the best . ... Read more

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