The Best of the Major
Book/Pages: 195 Hardcover, 6-1/4" x 9-1/4"
For more than a decade, readers of Shooting Sportsman magazine have delighted in the eccentric character and colorful misadventures of the fictional Major Nathaniel Peabody (U.S. Army, retired). These accounts are delivered in fine fashion by the major’s long-suffering lawyer, who manages Peabody’s meager trust fund. By popular demand, author Galen Winter collected the finest of his stories in this anthology, The Best of the Major.
Just who is Major Nathaniel Peabody? The man who gave him life describes him this way in the book’s preface: "His extreme independence makes the major popular in some circles and quite unpopular in others. However, the matters that are important to the major do not include a longing for popularity, involvement with any of the temporary fads of society, or conformity with the politically correct. Shooting over an English setter on an abandoned Georgia farm, watching a November sunrise from a Manitoba duck blind, calling Argentine geese into a decoy set spread out on a Patagonia plain . . . --these are the pursuits that attract the major."
"The book is replete with practical jokes, dry wit, and ironic situations." --Charles Fergus, Shooting Sportsman
"A great read and a book I predict is destined to become an outdoor humor classic." --New Hampshire Wildlife
A former attorney specializing in international business law and Latin America, GALEN WINTER started writing seriously about his passions--hunting and fishing--in 1984, contributing many articles to several national and regional outdoor magazines and writing a game cookbook and two volumes of short stories and essays. He lives in Shawano, Wisconsin.
1. Major Nathaniel Peabody, USA (ret.)
2. Down Argentine Way
3. The Best Laid Schemes
4. You Win Some and You Lose Some
5. The Major’s (and Montezuma’s) Revenge
6. Professor Peabody
7. Uncle Calhoun
8. The Order of the Tarantula
9. The Major and the Truth
10. Duck Hunting in Honduras
11. Dear Major Peabody
12. A Modest Proposal
13. Dog Story
14. High Crimes and Misdemeanors
15. Erickson v. Peabody
16. The Secret Place
17. How to Succeed Without Really Trying
18. The Major and the Stock Market
19. Carpe Diem
20. Tomato Juice
21. The Eye of the Beholder
22. Upmann, Partagas, Etc.
23. Thus Spake Major Peabody
24. Uncle Calhoun--Part II
25. The Primordial Instinct
26. Conversation in a Duck Blind
27. Bad Luck
28. A Bear in Camp
30. Curiosity and the Cats
31. The Compass
32. It’s the Principle of the Thing
33. The Major Takes a Holiday
34. The Good Life of Nathaniel Peabody
"If anyone persists in believing that Walt Whitman knew what he was talking about when he characterized animals as ’placid,’ he might engage a wolverine in friendly conversation. If he recovers and is still of the same belief, as soon as the stitches are removed, he might pet a porcupine."