The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier
by Colin Woodard
"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."
"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 them. 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."