The story of New England is built on an endless armature of fascinating tales of Yankee ingenuity and hardy, intrepid characters. "Bootleggers, Lobstermen, and Lumberjacks" takes the top fifty wildest episodes in the region's bygone days and presents them to the reader in one convenient, narrative-driven package. Including incredible but true tales of hardy Yankee hill folk and crusty seafarers engaged in all manner of amazing activity--from witch-hunting to log rolling, sometimes with tragic results--this book is a perfect stroll through New England's past for resident and visitor alike. Yankee history is rife with all manner of shipwreck victims surviving any way they know how; Indian, pirate, and shark attacks, cougar and bear attacks, and, of course, rum runners and bootleggers doing what they do best.
"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