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Jake
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Look no further the the first word in the title. "I" The book is more about the authors life alongside Fred, than it is about Fred. He makes no excuses and tells the readers up front of his books content and intention. After reading other books about Mr. Bear by Bob Munger and Charlie Kroll this book was a huge disappointment fro me. It reads like a school History text book or owners manual for most of the content. Some facts were interesting and amusing but the author drags simple stories into lengthy chapters that made me want to skip to the next to see if it got any better.
There is no doubt the author,Dick Lattimer, had much love and admiration for his friend and boss Fred Bear. Mr. Lattimers accomplishments in the archery world are no doubt monumental. He is in the Hall of Fame. However this book is boring and I often times had to put it down because it wouldn't hold my attention. Any good book will leave you wanting more when you are done. When I got to page 368 I was glad it was over. I did learn some very interesting things about Fred Bear and the history of archery. The book is not a total loss. However I feel it could have been about half the size and been just as effective. Quality doesn't always mean quantity.
Would I reccommend this book???? For the Hardcore Fred Bear fan or traditional archery buff... it is a must have for your library. If you are looking for a book of adventure and great stories about Fred Bear then look elsewhere.
No direspect for Mr. Lattimer as I am sure he spent countless hours on this and only intended the best. He had the honor of spending much of his life with Fred and was taken in by the Bear's as a "son". It just left me disappointed.

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dachba
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Jake, thanks for the good review. It saved me some money. I may still buy it but will wait until it can be found used at a low price.
Dave in Ft. Collins, CO

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bayoulongbowman
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Jake , I agree I was disapointed as well when I read it! Marco#78...but some parts just had the romance left out.

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Thanks for the 'heads up', Jake. Being from MI, I tend to look twice at anything about Fred Bear. There are too many highly recommended trad related books available to spend valuable time trudging through those that are not engaging.

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Excellent review. I was curious about the book. Thank you for your thoughtful insights.
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Jake
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I just thought others would like an opinion before they bought it. I would have waited for a used copy if I had know. Best too all!

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Just wanted to add my $0.02...
If you are a hard core Fred Bear fan you better get it. I got mine, autographed copy, some folks won't do this for you, and I appreciated it, off ebay.
If you enjoy recent archery history, it's well researched(he lived it).
I bought it, enjoyed it, learned some things, relived some days and will keep my copy.
It was well written but not exactly what I expected either. There are many excellent photos that were better than I expected, added a lot to the book, and I especially enjoyed them.

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Frank V
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I am reading it now, there are some dry spots in it, but also some very good info that I did not know.

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I talked to Dick at Compton and he told me that the publishers edited much of his writings out. I know he asked if he could use my Fred Bear song as a prelude. Well guess what. It found the editing room floor. If you look in the credits, I still got a credit. Go figure. I think that Dick's book cuts through much of the romance we have attached to Fred Bear and simply relates things the way they happened. I enjoyed it. JB
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jeff w
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Very sad reading about the strike. I enjoyed it, it was a different perspective about Fred Bear and Bear Archery. I'm glad Dick wrote it and just wish Frank Scott would have left us with some written stories too.
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