Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates


Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse


When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail


Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America


Political Waters: The Long, Dirty, Contentious, Incredibly Expensive but Eventually Triumphant History of Boston Harbor-A Unique Environmental Success Story


Leviathan: The History of Whaling In America


The Ph.D. Survival Guide


Snakehead: A Fish Out of Water


Smithsonian Book of National Wildlife Refuges


The Duck Stamp Story: Art, Conservation, History


International Environmental Treaty Making


Dirty Water Clean Water A Chronology of Events Surrounding the Degradation and Cleanup of Boston Harbor


The United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Awards and Recognition

  • Leviathan, chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Providence Journal
  • When America First Met China chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of 2012
  • Black Flags, Blue Waters chosen as a Massachusetts Center for the Book “Must-Read” book for 2019, and was a finalist for the 2019 Julia Ward Howe Award given by the Boston Author’s Club.
  • Outdoor Writer’s Association, Best Book Award, for Fur, Fortune, and Empire
  • John Lyman Book Award, U.S. Maritime History, by the North American Society for Oceanic History, for Leviathan
  • Massachusetts Book Award, Nonfiction Honors, for Leviathan
  • The 23rd annual L. Byrne Waterman Award, for “Outstanding contributions to research and pedagogy in the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences,” by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, for Leviathan
  • Brilliant Beacons chosen by gCaptain and Classic Boat as one of the best nautical books of 2016.
  • Brilliant Beacons Chosen a "Must-Read" book for 2017 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.
  • Fur, Fortune, and Empire, winner 2011 James P. Hanlan Book Award, given by the New England Historical Association, and chosen one of the best books of 2010 by The Seattle Times.
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