Publisher: Penguin Books (April 26, 2005)
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“A thorough and interesting background of Maine’s rocky coast and its tough-minded people.”—Boston Herald“[A] well-researched and well-written cultural and ecological background of obdurate perseverance.”—USA TodayFor greater than 400 years the folks of coastal Maine have clung to their rocky, wind-swept lands, resisting outsiders’ makes an attempt to manage them whereas harvesting the fabulous bounty of the Gulf of Maine. Today’s autonomous, self-sufficient lobstermen belong to the groups imbued with a ecu experience of ties among land and folks, yet threatened through the forces of homogenization spreading up the jap seaboard.In the culture of William Warner’s attractive Swimmers, veteran journalist Colin Woodard (author of American personality: A heritage of the Epic fight among person Liberty and the typical reliable) strains the background of the rugged fishing groups that dot the coast of Maine and the prized crustacean that has lengthy supplied their livelihood. via forgotten wars and rebellions, and with a deep culture of resistance to interference through humans “from away,” Maine’s lobstermen have defended an previous imaginative and prescient of the United States whereas defying the “tragedy of the commons”—the idea that folks consistently overexploit their shared estate. as an alternative, those icons of yank individualism symbolize an extraordinary instance of precise communal values and collaboration via grit, braveness, and hard-won knowledge.