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John Lyman Book Award - 2007
"a fascinating account of The Flour War, the War of 1812, and the 1820 Plaster War."
"A valuable insight into the human relations among Canadians, Americans, and the Passamaquoddy Native Americans. Much more than goods was being exchanged. Very good reading."
--The Quoddy Times
Smith's findings will astound even the most intrepid Maine historians…a book that makes history come alive. In this book there is action and bravery but also the day-to-day pace of life at a crucial place at an important point in time.
--Maine Sunday Telegram
…significant contribution to the social construction of identity along the Canadian-American borderland.
--American Historical Review
…important both to regional studies as well as to the history of relations between the United States and Great Britain in these turbulent years.
--The Journal of Military History
…Joshua Smith's slim volume is timely--and will remain so. This finely researched book provides a glance into a lost culture, and its careful analysis will provide a glimmer of understanding of some of the variables still extant in today's illicit trade.
--Nautical Research Journal
Smith writes a good story, bases it on solid interpretation, and provides plenty of details and source leads for those who appreciate them.
…an interesting and informative account of how material self-interest and local loyalties trumped broader allegiances in the northeastern borderland of the early nineteenth century.
…a lively and well-written investigation of an important and interesting subject…should be read by anyone interested in the regulation of trade, borders, and American national identity.
--Business History Review: Harvard Business School
"Carefully crafted, accessible account of smuggling in the Passamaquoddy region makes an important, scholarly contribution to our historical understanding of transborder trade and communications and reveals the usefulness of, and provides a model for, transborder scholarship."
--The New England Quarterly