Books: New England

At one time piscatorial warriors sailed out of New Bedford harbor. 150 years ago it was one of the wealthiest cities in the world. Now the factories are rotting and fishermen cling to a way of life nearing extinction. Rory Nugent's DOWN AT THE DOCKS is an insider's look at a city, its people and its future adrift. Listen to our interview with the author of DOWN AT THE DOCKS

A terrific piece of fiction written by Vermonter Jennifer McMahon about an abduction. New York Times best seller! Listen as Jennifer discusses the book, how she wrote and the creative process in this enjoyable PODCAST/DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO

The History of Whaling in America

Since the earliest days, whaling was critical to New England's economy. Thousands of men in thousands of ships slaughtered hundreds of thousands whales. LISTEN TO ERIC JAY DOLIN describe the world of whaling.

A Sentimental Journey

Sometimes, it is the outsider who sees it. An Hungarian refugee's exquisite book on New England's most dynamic season stirs our flinty soul. LISTEN TO FRENEC MATE


This indispensable resource to the region's baseball parks includes stats, stories and local dining possibilities. Listen to our interview with Tom Mason in BASEBALL IN NEW ENGLAND.

With so much talk about renewable energy, Wendy Williams & Robert Whitcomb's wind farm battle for Nantucket Sound resonates. Author Williams spoke with the Frugal Yankee recently. Listen to her tell the tale in CAPE WIND.

The Making of an American Icon
by Leon Gorman
L. L. Bean has been around forever, has a fanatically loyal customer base and runs on a different set of rules. The last family member to serve as President, recounts the history and struggles.

The classic New England point of view: people, places, ideas, recipes, and more. Listen or download the PODCAST

Adventures in the Modern Folk Underground

by Scott Alarik
A musician/writer explores the folk music underground and the emergence of a new breed of singer/ songwriters. The Frugal Yankees find resonant chords.Listen or Download the PODCAST

The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Boston: Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Free!

by Kris Frieswick
Kris tips us off to some of the best deals around - a few that even the Frugal Yankees had not heard about.Listen or Download the PODCAST

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2008

by Yankee Magazine
The classic New England Almanac. Stories, facts, and humor. Every true New Englander keeps a copy or two around the house. Listen or Download the PODCAST

Age of Betrayal
The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900

Atlantic Senior Editor Jack Beatty explores rampant corruption, struggling unions, the rich getting rich and the poor getting poorer. Sound familiar? It should. It's America from 1865 to 1900. Jack connects our past to our present with insightful results. Listen to him discuss AGE OF BETRAYAL

The Story of American Beer

Beer is our national drink, but it wasn't always that way. There was beer bigotry, Prohibition and the decline of breweries. Listen to author Maureen Ogle trace beer's history from swill to swell.

How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

Shipping container? So what? They simply changed world economics and your life. Author Mark Levinson explains how in THE BOX. Listen or download the Podcast.

Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier

by Colin Woodard
This book begins and ends with Monhegan Island, where one of the earliest English colonizers anchored and whose inhabitants today cater to tourists in the summer and to lobstermen in the winter. It's a microcosm of wider themes in Maine history and includes hands-on details about lobstering, a thriving exception to the collapse of the Gulf of Maine fishery. LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST

MAYFLOWER: A Story of Courage, Community, and War
by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Pilgrims landed in November, desperately low on supplies. They were met by the Wampanoags and their wizened chief, Massasoit who saved the colony from certain destruction. For over 50 years they lived in peace, but 56 years later, Massasoit's heir, Philip, launched a confusing war on the English that, over 14 horrifying months, claimed 5,000 lives. It's a gruesome era that has been largely forgotten. LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST

How the G.I. Bill Transformed the American Dream

by Edward Humes
At the end of WWII, the US government created the GI Bill. It reshaped America in profound and lasting ways. We'll look at how this happened and why it should happen again, but won't.

The Inspirational Story of Breaking the Color Barrier in American Business

by Stephanie Capparell
The struggles of the first black executives hired by any leading US business. They got their break when Pepsi-Cola CEO Walter S. Mack, who was facing an uphill battle against Coke, decided that tapping the "Negro market" would help Pepsi win. He hired a team of salesmen to push Pepsi with black customers. The team quickly became community role models and Pepsi earned a reputation as the "liberal" soft drink, capturing the lion's share of the cola market among African-Americans. Tells of the incredible barriers to black achievement just half a century ago. LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST.

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
by Colin Woodard
Woodard leaves the shores of Maine for the Caribbean where the myths of pirates are plundered. An insightful journey to who these men were, how they operated and how their image has been shaped by their enemies. Listen or download the PODCAST

Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution
by Mark Puls
Because Adams was indifferent to historical fame, he is sometimes overlooked in histories. Adams preferred talking and writing about politics, and was financially impractical. He was masterful at political organization and propaganda, and was critical to the start of the American Revolution. LISTEN OR DOWNLOAD THE PODCAST

by Sally Gunning
A fictional accounts that illuminates early Colonial life. When Lyddie is widowed, her son-in-law gains control of her husband's estate. Lyddie's struggle to maintain a place in her radically changed home brings her into conflict with her family. She befriends a local Indian man and suffers community censure. The story illuminates 18th-century law and Anglo-Indian relations. PODCAST

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