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 was a 2016
Pulitzer Prize finalist and received a
2012 George Polk Award for his
investigative reporting. He is also a
contributing editor at
Politico 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 "
State Capitol Reporters in America" by
Washington Post and Journalist of
the Year by the Maine Press

He is the author of
American Nations:
A History of the Eleven Rival Regional
Cultures of North America (Viking,
2011) which was named one of the Best
Books of 2011 by the editors of
New Republic
and The Globalist and
won the 2012 Maine Literary Award for
Non-Fiction. His forthcoming book is
Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story
of United States Nationhood (Viking,
June 2020.)

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 Maine;
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 (Viking, 2016) was a finalist for
the 2017 Chautauqua Prize and won the
2017 Maine Literary Award for

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

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

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Nations talk on C-SPAN
American Character