For more than four hundred years the people of coastal Maine have clung to their rocky, wind-swept lands, resisting outsidersandrsquo; attempts to control them while harvesting the astonishing bounty of the Gulf of Maine. Todayandrsquo;s independent, self-sufficient lobstermen belong to... show more
<DIV><p>For more than four hundred years the people of coastal Maine have clung to their rocky, wind-swept lands, resisting outsidersandrsquo; attempts to control them while harvesting the astonishing bounty of the Gulf of Maine. Todayandrsquo;s independent, self-sufficient lobstermen belong to the communities imbued with a European sense of ties between land and people, but threatened by the forces of homogenization spreading up the eastern seaboard. <p>In the tradition of William Warnerandrsquo;s <b>Beautiful Swimmers</b>, veteran journalist Colin Woodard traces the history of the rugged fishing communities that dot the coast of Maine and the prized crustacean that has long provided their livelihood. Through forgotten wars and rebellions, and with a deep tradition of resistance to interference by people andldquo;from away,andrdquo; Maineandrsquo;s lobstermen have defended an earlier vision of America while defying the andldquo;tragedy of the commonsandrdquo;andmdash;the notion that people always overexploit their shared property. Instead, these icons of American individualism represent a rare example of true communal values and collaboration through grit, courage, and hard-won wisdom. </div>
Publish date: October 31st 2013
Publisher: Current Hardcover
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
I wish this book had diagrams and clearer COLOR pictures. The author did a decent job explaining the physiology and habits of octopuses, but even well-chosen words hardly do justice to the alienness of an octopus.
This rather thin book on octopuses is delivered in an easy-to-read, informal and occasionally juvenile style more suited to a magazine article than a science book, even a popular science book. There are some interesting facts (ok there are lots of interesting facts) but there is also too much space...
I'm going to bail out on this thing which I never do. I cannot imagine tackling the remaining 80 pages. This book has so many problems it isn't even funny, well it kind of is, unless you paid for this or your tax dollars paid to put it in a library. Let's get started:1. Chatty magazine-ish prose....
It reads like a book-length magazine article, or a series of them, anyway. Given that the author has a background in English and journalism, this is understandable, even if I don't particularly like the style. It's basically some octopus facts mixed in with octopus anecdotes and, of course, the re...
New Review! Anyone who's paid me the slightest bit of attention over the years knows I'm a fan of Tentacled Americans. They're delicious. They're delightfully ookie. They're probably the closest things I'll ever have to soul mates: They don't like their own kind, regard other species as prey or enem...