Colin Woodard is an award-winning
author and journalist. He is currently
State and National Affairs Writer for
Portland Press Herald / Maine
Sunday Telegram,
where he received
2012 George Polk Award for his
investigative reporting. He also writes
Washington Monthly, Politico
, and The Chronicle of
Higher Education
and reviews books
for the
Washington Post. A native of
Maine, he has reported from more
than fifty foreign countries and seven
continents, and lived for more than
four years in Eastern Europe. In 2014
he was named one of the "
Best State
Capitol Reporters in America" by the
Washington Post and Journalist of the
Year by the Maine Press Association.

He is the author of
American Nations:
A History of the Eleven Rival
Regional Cultures of North America
2011) which was named one
of the Best Books of 2011 by the
editors of
The New Republic and The
and won the 2012 Maine
Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

His other books include the New
England bestseller
The Lobster Coast:
Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle
for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking
Press, 2004), a cultural and
environmental history of coastal
Ocean's End: Travels
Through Endangered Seas (Basic
Books, 2000), a narrative non-fiction
account of the deterioration of the
world's oceans; and the
New York
Bestseller The Republic of
Pirates: Being The True And
Surprising Story Of The Caribbean
Pirates And The Man Who Brought
Them Down , on which the NBC
series "
Crossbones" (starring John
Malkovich) is based.

His fifth book,
American Character: A
History of the Epic Struggle Between
Individual Liberty and the Common
Good will be published by Viking in
March 2016.

He lives in midcoast Maine.

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Colin discusses Republic of
Pirates on NPR's Weekend

Colin on lobster industry  on
public radio's Marketplace
Winner of the Portland Phoenix's 2012 and
2009 Best of Portland Readers' Polls
Portland Author

Watch Colin talk American
Nations with Chuck Todd on
The Daily Rundown
American Nations
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American Nations

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