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Speaking on Maine’s historical odyssey; South Portland, Maine, Sept. 28

On September 28 at 6:30pm, I’ll be in South Portland talking about the backstory of Maine on the occasion of its Bicentennial: a harrowing and little understood saga of war… Read more »

With union in trouble, governors gathering in Maine

With the U.S. feeling like the 1850s, the nation’s governors are gathering here in Maine tomorrow for the National Governors Association summer meeting. But they’re not discussing how to deal… Read more »

Two Maine companies’ struggles with disengaging from Russia

After Russia’s unprovoked (and staggeringly barbaric) invasion of Ukraine, both of Maine’s largest homegrown multinationals were reluctant to sever their business relationships with Russia. I wrote about both of them… Read more »

9/11 Started Here, in Portland, Maine

The leader of the 9/11 hijackers, Mohamed Atta, spent his last night and the morning of September 11th on the outskirts of Portland, Maine, amid the mundane commercial sprawl of… Read more »

Delta variant drives Maine Covid inpatients into ICUs

The state of Maine’s official tally of confirmed delta variant Covid-19 cases has stood at 4 for weeks. But in just over a week, a new type of test being… Read more »

Union paperback launch event, June 17, Portland, ME

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the book tour for my most recent book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the story of United States Nationhood, but with restrictions lifted across New… Read more »

UNION paperback edition available for pre-order

The paperback edition of Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood goes on sale one week from today and I’m excited at the prospect of actually… Read more »

Talking pirates with Press Herald Live, May 13, 7pm

  For subscribers of the Portland Press Herald: I’ll be talking with colleague Katherine Lee about the real pirates of the Caribbean, what it was like to write and research… Read more »

The Year of Living Distantly

  We’re one year into the global pandemic and I, at least, feel my heart rate increase when I think back to those scary days in late March and early… Read more »

Speaking on Maine’s past, present and future at Maine Historical Society, Mar. 11

  The pandemic messed with Maine’s 200th anniversary celebrations last year, but the Maine Historical Society has rebooted their Bicentennial speaker series this winter and made it virtual. I’m pleased… Read more »