About the Author
Colin Woodard, an award-winning writer and journalist, is the state and national affairs writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, where he received a 2012 George Polk Award and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. A longtime foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents. His work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Politico, Smithsonian, The Guardian, and Washington Monthly. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago, he is the author of five books, including American Character, The Republic of Pirates, and The Lobster Coast.