Lapomarda’s history of Maine’s Italians serves to corroborate and at times to contradict general histories. Lapomarda has written extensively in various fields including Jesuit history and Italian American heritage. The story of Italians in Maine recounts their progress in the fields of law and politics. While holding peripheral positions in the early part of the twentieth century, their emergence in the post-World War II ear was exemplified by several who have served as mayors of Portland but is best illustrated by John Baldacci’s election as governor of the state in 2002. Paperback. 232 pgs.