"A thorough and engaging history of Maine's rocky coast and
its tough-minded people."
-- Boston Herald
"[A] well-researched and well-written cultural and ecological
history of stubborn perseverance"
-- USA Today
"Delves deeply and reflectively into the history of Maine and
its people"
-- Boston Globe
"A beautifully considered history... Woodard's admiration for
lobster culture is stirring.... {Mainers'] feisty pluck remains
undiminished in the face of obstacles."
-- Newsday
"Woodard doesn't disguise his pique with the forces at work.
Maine is worth fighting for - as is any village with distinctly
etched local character and community."
 -- Christian Science Monitor
"Lively... While it appears that the future of the lobster is
assured -- at least for a while -- the future of Maine's
lobstermen is not."        
 -- The Economist (London)
"Woodard writes about his native state and its ungainly
mascot with grace and authority, shining a clear light through
the mystery and lore that have long surrounded both."
-- Northern Sky News
"Meticulous... For those who received the sanitized version
of American history in elementary school, the truth comes as
a bit of a shock."        
 -- Ottawa Citizen
Publisher's Description:

"Nearly a decade before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock,
European settlers were eking out a living on the rocky coast of Maine.
Their descendants fended off aggrieved Indians, French raiders, English
lords, and greedy land speculators to found one of America's most iconic
and compelling cultures: the lobstering communities of coastal Maine.

In this riveting history of his native state, award-winning journalist
Colin Woodard reveals Mainers' increasingly difficult struggle to hold on
to their communities and the early American ideals that have sustained
The Lobster Coast tells a story as big as America itself, from the
formative experiences of the colonial era to the perils of failing to
conserve a cultural and environmental heritage in the face of
uncontrolled growth and development."
A New England Bestseller:

The Lobster Coast spent three weeks at  #1 on the Maine Sunday
paperback non-fiction Bestseller list and ten weeks on the
New England Booksellers' Association paperback non-fiction list. The
hardcover edition spent eleven weeks on the
Maine Sunday Telegram
and five weeks on the NEBA bestseller lists.
The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators & the
Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier
(c) 2003-2009 Colin S. Woodard; All rights reserved.
Lobster Coast
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Author's Description:

"This is the Rosetta Stone for understanding coastal Maine, Maine
culture, and the political, cultural, and economic divisions that drive
policy decisions to this day. An exploration of my home state's unusual
history -- and its complicated relationship to Massachusetts -- and the
marine environment that shaped so much about its character."
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