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Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of Hardscrabble New England
     

Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of Hardscrabble New England

by Matthew P. Mayo
 

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The story of New England is built on an endless armature of fascinating tales of Yankee ingenuity and intrepid characters, and this book brings together the top fifty wildest among them-shipwreck victims surviving any way they could; Indian, pirate, and shark attacks; cougar and bear attacks; and, of course, rum runners and bootleggers doing what they do best. Read

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The story of New England is built on an endless armature of fascinating tales of Yankee ingenuity and intrepid characters, and this book brings together the top fifty wildest among them-shipwreck victims surviving any way they could; Indian, pirate, and shark attacks; cougar and bear attacks; and, of course, rum runners and bootleggers doing what they do best. Read these stories and many more:

Boon Island's Curse: A winter wreck in 1710 strands fourteen sailors on this barren rock off the coast of York, Maine. Ten survive-through cannibalism.

Massachusetts Bay Man-Eater: Angler Joseph Blaney, in 1830, attracts the attention of two great white sharks in the middle of Massachusetts Bay.

The Last Vampire: In 1892, to ward off evil spirits, a Rhode Island girl's corpse is exhumed, her organs are burned, and family members inhale the smoke.

Editorial Reviews

"Edgar Allan Poe would have loved every story in it" was the response of one early reader to Matthew P. Mayo's danger-driven Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks. For 320 pages, versatile, multi-genre author Mayo leads readers through one human crisis after another; shipwrecks and witch trials seem to follow on each other's heels. Gratifying gritty history.

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“The Wild American West be damned! Matthew P. Mayo’s Bootleggers, Lobstermen, and Lumberjacks is a fascinating—and often absolutely blood-curdling—narrative of New England’s darkest and grittiest historical incidents and characters. By a consummate storyteller with a lively, entertaining voice, Bootleggers, Lobstermen, and Lumberjacks is American history at its most violent and authentic. Edgar Allan Poe would have loved every story in it.”—Howard Frank Mosher, award-winning author of A Stranger in the Kingdom, Where the Rivers Flow North, and Walking to Gatlinburg

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762759682
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
615,286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Matthew P. Mayo is the author of several fiction and nonfiction books, including Cowboys, Mountain Men, and Grizzly Bears (TwoDot, January 2010) and the Western novels Winters’ War, Wrong Town, and Hot Lead, Cold Heart. Raised in Rhode Island and Vermont, he has spent much of his adult life in Maine, writing about the state for Down East and other publications. Visit him at matthewmayo.com.

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