Giving the Finger

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Lyons Finger“To fish the Bering Sea in January is scarcely short of suicide—equal parts insanity, courage, and incurable love of the water. A Deadliest Catch star, Campbell Jr. writes as well as he fishes, and that’s saying something.”—ForeWord

“Campbell, famous for his role in Deadliest Catch, will likely surprise his fans with this thoughtful and nuanced look at the hard reality of an Alaskan fisherman, including when he almost lost a finger. . . . Campbell does provide expected blow-by-blow accounts of his fishing exploits, but this autobiography packs a far more serious and emotional punch.”—Booklist

“Junior tells some great fishing stories, and some of them are even true.”
—John Hillstrand, captain of the Time Bandit, co-star of The Deadliest Catch

Giving the Finger reveals the rough and tumble side of fishing the Bering Sea.”
—Mike Fourtner, veteran deckhand of the Time Bandit

Long before his rise to fame on The Deadliest Catch, Captain Scott Campbell, Jr. was already…GIVING THE FINGER

Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce the April 2, 2014, release of GIVING THE FINGER: Risking It All to Fish the World’s Deadliest Sea, by Captain Scott Campbell, Jr. and Jim Ruland (978-0-7627-9131-6; $26.95 hardcover).

Part documentary, part reality-television, the story of The Deadliest Catch’s Alaskan crab fishermen risking their lives on the Bering Sea to make a buck and feed their families has captivated the world. GIVING THE FINGER follows the life of the spirited young captain who has emerged as one of the most talked-about figures on the show, Scott Campbell Jr., who leads the crew of the Seabrooke.

As this book shows, the trials of crabbing are not limited to living at sea and working the most dangerous job on the planet—they carry over to family and friends and can be more treacherous than the Bering Sea. Junior began his life as a fisherman in the shadow of his father, Scott Campbell Sr., and struggled to establish his own reputation as a captain. Arguably one of the best fishermen working the waters today, Campbell Jr. has certainly done that, but not without all kinds of sacrifices. Campbell has divorced and re-married the same woman twice, endured handicapping injuries, and lost crew members to the icy waters of the north.

GIVING THE FINGER gives a first person account of these losses and the everyday fight for life and love, and shows that by hard work and perseverance, even a kid from Walla Walla, Washington, can become a star.

Captain Scott Campbell, a.k.a. Junior, was just 26 when he captained his first boat. He’s been at the helm of the Seabrooke for more than ten years, turning the vessel into one of the top producers in the fleet. Living and working by his motto—“Never be satisfied” —Junior is always looking for innovative ways to catch crab.

Writer Jim Ruland is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a Boatswain’s Mate and traveled all over the Western Pacific. He has won numerous awards, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His story “Homeward Bound” was the winner of the Reader’s Digest 2012 Life Story contest.

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