The first chapter of "The Lobster Coast" is a bit featureless, dwelling on Monhegan Island lobstering and that's it. The following chapters, however, are giving a really good and very readable history of Maine in general and its Mid Coast and Down Eastern parts in particular. Starting with from the end of the ice age until the end of the 20th century, the author give an overview of the coastal history, which he illustrates with historical and contemporary annecdotes. The central role, however, is always given to fishing, and to lobstering in particular. In addition to be written very readable, the texts are supported with some helpful maps, although no further illustration. The main text of the books has over 300 pages, plus ample notes and a short list of recommendatgions for further reading. Unless you look for a more academic book on the history of Maine (see e.g. Maine: The Pine Tree State from Prehistory to the Present), I would recommend this book to get an understanding of the history of Maine and the peculiarities of its culture.