The new edition, Kalózköztársaság, is from Könyvmolyképző Kiadó in that most paprika-worthy of cities, Szeged. At this writing it's even on sale at their website -- just HUF 2764. I gather the official release date is February 24, but it seems to be available now.
Republic of Pirates, the inspiration for the NBC drama "Crossbones", is also available in US, UK, Spanish, Portugeuse, Polish, Danish, and, shortly, Taiwan Chinese editions.
Regular readers will recall "Lobbyist in the Henhouse", an award-winning
investigative report published in 2013 that revealed that the state's commissioner for environmental protection, Patricia Aho, a longtime corporate lobbyist, had been
strangling many of the laws she'd unsuccessfully fought against on
behalf of her clients, including the Kid Safe Products Act, disliked by chemical manufacturers.
Aho's DEP, compelled by activists' petitions to rule whether manufacturers of four phthalates will
have to disclose which consumer products sold in Maine contain the
substances, has endorsed a weakened rewrite of the rule that effectively excludes products likely to expose fetuses and pregnant women. Details in the story.
I also have an essay in Monocle's recently released Forecast publication for 2015. It's not available online, but here's a preview of the edition, which is currently on newsstands in Britain and the capitals and airports of at least several global cities.
In today's Portland Press Herald, I have an update on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and its handling of the execution of a law designed to protect babies and children from toxic chemicals.
Regular readers will recall "Lobbyist in the Henhouse", an award-winning investigative report published in 2013 that revealed that DEP commissioner Patricia Aho, a longtime corporate lobbyist, had been strangling many of the laws she'd unsuccessfully fought against on behalf of her clients, including the Kid Safe Products Act, disliked by chemical manufacturers.
Now Aho's DEP must rule whether manufacturers of four phthalates will have to disclose which consumer products sold in Maine contain the substances. Details herein.
For those of you in the United Kingdom, I have an essay in The Monocle's "Forecast" edition on New York City and how its having been founded by the Dutch has determined so much about the city it has become and will continue to be. It's an idea developed further in American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, a book that should have a U.K. edition but, alas, doesn't (though the U.S. one can be bought from Amazon.uk.)
There's no digital tease or online version, bless their hearts, beyond this little bit on the issue, so you'll have to actually get it in the newsstands.
In this week's Maine Sunday Telegram you'll find my piece on a little-known aspect of early American colonial history: the dominance of the Gulf of Maine and the nearshore waters of the Maritimes by the region's native inhabitants, the Wabanaki, who include the Micmac, Passamaquoddy, Penobscots, and other nations.
The fascinating element: that the very first explorers in the Gulf of Maine encountered Indians using captured European sailing vessels with great skill, and that later colonial fishermen and mariners would find themselves on the losing end of maritime raids by Indians using both native and European vessels.
The essay is occasioned by a new and somewhat flawed academic paper in the Journal of American History -- one that tries to place the Wabanaki story within the "hot" academic field of Atlantic World studies, arguing that the tribes had geopolitical ambitions to block the creation of the British mercantile world. As you'll see in the piece, that's rather a stretch, but the topic at hand is a fascinating one.