Captain Phil Harris
Captain Phil Harris
The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad
Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781451666045, 221pp.
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
The electrifying behind-the-scenes story of the late Deadliest Catch star, from his own two sons.
Prior to his untimely death in 2010, Captain Phil Harris was a star of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, the hit show that follows the exhilarating lives of Alaskan crab fishermen as they brave the vicious Bering Sea. He led his crew through hurricane-force winds and fourstory- high waves, hauling in millions of pounds of crab and raking in millions of dollars.
Phil worked hard, but he played even harder. His life on shore—from his rebellious days to his tempestuous marriages, from his addictive habits to his fundamental American success story—could serve as a reality show in itself. He lived his life at Mach speed: the blitz of crab season, the six-figure paydays, the thunderous motorcycles, and the drug-fueled parties. High-speed chases and all-night blackjack binges were par for the course.
But as wild as Phil could be, he was always openhearted and infectiously friendly. He was a devoted friend, a loving father, a steadfast captain, and a hero to audiences across America and around the world.
His death in 2010, the result of stroke and heart failure at the age of fifty-three, left a hole in the hearts of millions. In this exclusive authorized biography, Phil’s two surviving sons, Josh and Jake Harris, team up with bestselling author Steve Springer and coauthor Blake Chavez to share the thrilling story of Phil’s remarkable life.
Jake Harris, the youngest son of Captain Phil Harris, is a deckhand on the Cornelia Marie, one of the crab fishing boats featured on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch.
Steve Springer is a veteran journalist, award-winning sports writer, and the author of eleven books, including the "New York Times" bestseller "American Son".
“A candid narrative ... captures the gritty details of [Captain Phil’s] high-speed life, declining health and death. ... An unflinching portrait that will surely satisfy Harris’ fans.”
“[An] engaging, no-holds-barred biography ... a larger-than-life nautical rock star persona conveyed in a captivating, freewheeling style. ... Even those who never watched the show will find themselves captivated by these outrageous tales of a man who lived without restraint, like a modern-day mythical figure.”
"Juicy is an understatement"