This concise volume will benefit any reader who wants to learn about Maine's unique heritage. Used as a textbook for Maine Studies classes in many schools, Finding Katahdin: An Exploration of Maine's Past presents an articulate, thoughtful understanding of Maine history in a way that engages students and introduces them to the discipline of historical research and scholarship. Finding Katahdin explores Maine in its various incarnations: as a land of prehistoric hunters and gatherers; a frontier where English, French, and Wabanaki cultures mix and clash; a mecca for a shifting mosaic of loggers, fishermen, farmers, shipbuilders, artists, tourists, and others. Brilliantly written by Amy Hassinger, the narrative is exciting and varied, with sections of dialogue, excerpts from primary source documents, short biographies, and other devices that illuminate the history. The design of the text is graceful and straightforward, augmented with many illustrations of paintings, photographs, maps, and document reproductions. Hardcover. 448 pgs.