Colin Woodard is an award-winning journalist and author of The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier (Viking, 2004), Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas (Basic Books, 2000), and The Republic of Pirates (Harcourt, May 2007). His fourth book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, (Viking, Fall 2011), was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by the editors of The New Republic and The Globalist and received the 2012 Maine Literary Award for non-fiction.<BR><BR>A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. He is a longtime foreign correspondent of The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Christian Science Monitor, a contributing editor at Down East magazine, and State and National Affairs Writer at The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. His work has appeared in dozens of publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Economist, The Washington Post, Smithsonian, Bloomberg, The Miami Herald, Arizona Republic, Newsweek.com, Washington Monthly, San Jose Mercury-News, Global Post, The Daily Beast, RollingStone.com, The Providence Journal, Business Central Europe, Tompaine.com, Congressional Quarterly, On Earth, Nature Conservancy, E: The Environmental Magazine,<BR>National Fisherman, The American Prospect, Working Waterfront, Military History Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.<BR>He has covered a wide-range of issues, from ethnic conflict in the Balkans and peacekeeping in Guatemala to the destruction of coral reefs and the effects of global warming on Antarctica. Since 1989, Woodard has been based in Budapest, Hungary, Zagreb, Croatia, Washington, DC, and on the US-Mexico border near Brownsville,<BR>Texas.<BR><BR>