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

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  12,215 ratings  ·  1,241 reviews
This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business. Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting.

An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playi
Hardcover, 230 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Howard Books (first published May 1st 2013)
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C.S. Wilson
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phil Robertson for President!

This autobiography is a no-holds barred account of his life and the subsequent rise of Duck Dynasty. He doesn't gloss over the bad parts; he admits that he wasn't the best husband or father for a few years.

I have a lot of respect for him, for not pretending his life has always been perfect, for being man enough to admit that he chose the wrong path, and even more respect for him getting on track and raising his family according to his core values.

The world needs more
Kristen Wampner
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I am a fan of this family and their show and what they believe and stand for so I was super excited to read this book that I had recieved as a Mother's Day gift. Here goes my review:

Book Cover - Loved this book cover and found it very attractive and fitting. *
Story - Loved reading Phils words, thoughts, & stories of growing up, raising his family, &
building Duck Commander. The book was fast paced and was a great read. *
Author - Phil Robertson is a very respectable person and a great autho
Darren German
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not a lot of new information, if you read Willie and Korie's book, and watch the show. I recommend their book over this one. It's more compelling, and there is not as much repeating what you've seen on the show.

Glad I read it though. He kinda blows it in the end when he delves into partisan politics. That's when he gets contradictory, mischaracterizes the words of others to bolster his own opinion. Standard partisan stuff. A shame really. It was a fairly decent read until I found myself listeni
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the interaction among the family members on TV's Duck Dynasty and laugh at Jase's comments as he constantly gives brother (and company CEO) Willie a hard time. I also appreciate Phil's role as the wise, soft-spoken patriarch. Each show ends with a large family dinner and a prayer.

When I realized Phil had a best-selling book I wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised with this readable account of his life growing up in the back woods, lakes and swamps of Louisiana. The larg
I haven't really watched much of Duck Dynasty because I'm an animal lover and my family warned me about all the snake shooting, duck shooting, squirrel shooting action going on -- but watching my family get hooked on the show and its characters has made me interested in the Robertsons as a family. So I borrowed this book from my dad and read through it.

There's a lot of chapters that have to do with killing things -- which is fine, if that floats his boat, so be it; I skimmed all of that or skipp
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did, considering Phil Robertson's political beliefs are on the opposite end of the spectrum from mine. But, at least in this memoir, he comes across as sincere and believable, and I got a glimpse into a way of life I knew nothing about. I've never watched the "Duck Dynasty" shows (if that's what they are called), and being an American living in Europe, I'm always curious about various cultural phenomena happening back "home." His descriptions of ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A real life version of the rags to riches stories. Phil Robertson fought through poverty, family alcohol and drug abuse, and now owns a multi million dollar business. from the first duck call in 1972.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book - started watching the show last year. This family has the values worthy of passing on!
My husband and I enjoy watching Duck Dynasty, one of the few shows I watch. And, I love how they end each show with a family meal and a prayer. But, I learned so much about this family through Happy, Happy, Happy. Not just about their past, but also about their faith.

Phil Robertson wasn't always a successful, godly man. He married Miss Kay when he was only 16 years old (and she was 15) and he went through years of hard times - drinking, fighting, & breaking the law. But, his life changed when he
Jake Ratliff
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Happy, Happy, Happy
I enjoyed this book very much. It is the best autobiography I have ever read. Now I know that that sets it at a high standard, but it definitely hit the mark. It is about a simple man with a very interesting life story. Phil Robertson is a man that had a vision to make a new type of duck call that boomed in the duck call industry, and has evolved into the company that the Duck Commander is today. This year alone they have already sold 700
Gail Welborn
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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***Wise words from the Duck Commander--who learned to be wise the hard way ***

Phil Robertson, popular star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” writes about his “Duck Commander” life and legacy in, Happy, Happy, Happy. He begins with the description of an idyllic 1950’s childhood in West Monroe, LA.

Phil’s childhood family lived in a “turn-of-the-century” log cabin and they depended on home-grown vegetables, fruits and the pigs’ chickens and cattle they raised for food. Since money was scarce they “…rarely
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A quite enjoyable book. Robertson is an interesting character from the few episodes I've seen of Duck Dynasty. His back story is so much different than my own, yet we are brothers in Christ and share the same faith. There is much I admire about the man.

A few details that stood out to me: he regularly uses the phrase "when I repented" to describe the time he became a Christian. I like that. No ambiguity about what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Second, he is a true laborer in God's harvest f
Miley Smiley
I love watching Duck Dynasty so reading this book for me was a must. I just find the lifestyle of the Robertson family so interesting and fascinating. In this book Phil tells about his early years and what it was like for him and his family when he was growing up. He grew up with not much at all and could have gone to the NFL. When reading this book I felt like Phil was my real grandpa and I was gathered around him with my siblings and he was sitting in a chair telling us stories from when he wa ...more
Hunter Kimball
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say I am a fan of Duck Dynasty. I know it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoy the television show. When I found out that Phil Robertson had a memoir I just had to get my hands on it. I’m very interested in the history of the family and to find out more about their grassroots background and how they moved forward and accomplished the American dream. And they did accomplish it–truly.

The book wasn’t a tell-all memoir. If that is what you are expecting then you will be disappo
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Sometimes the greatest lessons I learn about life come from reading people's autobiographies. In it, I glean information about a life that is uniquely different from my own and along the way take back something inevitably life changing. I think it's vital that at some point in everyone's life, you read biographies. It opens your eyes to possibilities you never thought possible until you finish the final page.

There probably isn't a person around who hasn't heard about Duck Dynasty, the newest re
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Faith, family, and ducks—in that order, as Phil Robertson will tell you—marks the hierarchy of the Robertson clan. The Robertsons have achieved fame and fortune due to their superior duck calls and, more recently, their hit television show on A&E, “Duck Dynasty,” but like most multi-million dollar success stories, the road has not always been easy. “Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander” is the candid autobiographical account of Phil Robertson’s journey through life. The ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Many of the same stories were in Willie and Korie's book, The Duck Commander Family, but I didn't care. I also read a lot of the passages in Phil's voice. It was funnier that way.
2. I love how "take me or leave me" Phil is. He says whatever he wants and makes no apologies.
3. How evangelical Phil is really inspires me. As a Christian, how many opportunities have I wasted because I was scared? Phil says flat out that because he loves everyone he is going to tell them about God. He makes it sou
Lynn Dove
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Just makes you happy, happy, happy reading it!

Seldom do I read a book cover to cover without stopping, but that's what I did with "Happy, Happy, Happy"; once I started reading I just could not put it down.

I will admit that I am a HUGE fan of the Duck Dynasty T.V. show, having followed the Robertson family since the show was first televised. Quirky (or quacky as the case may be :), the family antics are humourous and entertaining, but also filled with pathos and laced with family values and Godly
I read Willie Robertson's book a week prior to reading this one. I must admit I enjoyed Willie's book more, however that could be because we're around the same age.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Phil's early life. It was almost like reading about Little House On The Prairie because his family lived like they were in the 1800's!

The part that lost my interest was when he was describing different ducks and calls. I just wasn't too interested in that, but I did read it all.

I was also pleasantl
Bonnie DeMoss
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook version recently , although I have read the book before.

The book is an autobiography of Phil Robertson, who went from a life consumed with alcohol and drugs to a Christian speaker and owner of a multimillion dollar business. Robertson holds nothing back as he tells how God changed his life.

Phil Robertson does the audiobook forward himself. His son Al takes over and narrates the rest of the book. He does a great job and is the best choice considering he lived through a
Donna Agnelly
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not afraid to admit that I am a huge Duck Dynasty fan. The guys are funny, the family is not dysfunctional, the family table is there at the end - so much better than all the dysfunctional reality tv out there. So, for me, this was an enjoyable read and things were not always happy, happy, happy for Phil Robertson - the family patriarch. He went through his own dark times and in his late twenties repented. This is a man of strong, fundamental religous beliefs which have guided his life for t ...more
Juliann Rager
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phil Robertson eloquently describes the joy of living simply, loving unconditionally, and serving humbly. Though probably not the purpose of the book, I was convicted of my own shortcoming with my family and my faith. This book delivered on detail. Anyone who has seen the popular television show will hear Phil's voice telling this powerful story of redemption and grace. ...more
Kelly Lyn
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I miss watching Duck Dynasty, but this was the next best thing. it made me laugh loudly and it made me cry at one point.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phil Robinson is a rugged outdoorsy kind of guy, sold out to the Lord after years of giving into sinful desires of the flesh. He has raised his family the way he was raised, in the woods, hunting, fishing, making a way of life that could sustain them. But that isn't all, he holds a masters degree in education, played football until he decided that the woods and gaming was where he belonged. His second string went on to be a Super Bowl champion. That is where he was headed before a flock of geese ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book. Phil Robertson's story is inspiring and sincere. He's traveled a journey that is common to many, but what he's made of it is extraordinary. Some folks scoff at the Duck Dynasty reality-tv show, put off by the beards and the cammo, or by the simple ways, or by the guns and prayer. Yet this man has made a family that any American would be proud of. Tell me, is there another show on television, now or at any time that ends each episode with the family meal and a prayer to ...more
Jamie Pothier
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book....he truly is an amazing person...he has earned everything he has today by hard work, determination, love, family and god! This is one man I would love to meet and talk with...WTG Phil Robertson!!!
If you like the show and like what the Duck family stands for, you'll love hearing about the humble beginnings and craziness that launched the business and some of the not so "great" things in Phil Robertson's life. Listening to Phil's story only made me like him more. ...more
Beth Dickey
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable reading. I would just say to Phil: Brother, the Lord Jesus loves yuppies too.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too much hunting & preaching for me. I know, I should have expected it huh?
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Phil Robertson was born and raised in Vivian, Louisiana. Phil was All-State in football, baseball, and track. He attended Louisiana Tech University on a football scholarship where he played first string quarterback ahead of Terry Bradshaw. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Master's in Education, he spent several years teaching.

In 1972, the first Duck Commander call

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