Review: The Codfathers

The Codfathers: Lessons From the Atlantic Business Elite is a sometimes interesting, sometimes mundane look at the cadre of business leaders hailing from Atlantic Canada. Though competent, the writing did not jump off the page and much of the detail covered felt superficial. Writing aside, Codfather contains many interesting facts and presents a different perspective of Atlantic Canada than seen on the evening news. Though I can't whole heartedly recommend it, neither can I tell you to skip it.

Rated: 2.5 / 5

With its title of The Codfathers and use of the term "maritime mafia" in the preface I felt promised a book with a little irreverence and humour. I quickly discovered my assumption was wrong (except for the appendix, "Top 15 Skills You Should Have if You Work for an Atlantic Canadian Boss") . No biggie if the writing is otherwise riveting. Sadly, it wasn't. Where I was hoping for insight and analysis I got flat details. I also disliked some of the chapter organizations, which left me struggling to keep all the people, businesses and timelines straight.

To be fair, Pitt had a lot of material to cover. Codfather mentions something like 9 families and over 40 people. A 300 page trade paperback is not enough space to give you an in-depth glimpse of all these people, and creating a concise encapsulation of someone's life, times 40, is difficult. The detail he did include was often interesting and added new depth to my understanding of Atlantic Canada.

In spite of the problems and periodic slogging I'm glad I read The Codfathers. While I can't give it an unqualified recommendation, it has some interesting content and did succeed in giving me a new perspective of Atlantic Canada.

Full Title: The Codfathers: Lessons From the Atlantic Business Elite
Author: Gordon Pitts
Publisher: Key Porter Books

A review copy of Codfathers was provided by Mini Book Expo

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