Book signing by Jim Witherell, of his new release Ed Muskie, Made in Maine, and also L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company, at the Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, Friday, July 25th, from 2:00 – 4:00.

By Beyond the Sea | Jul 14, 2014

About Ed Muskie, Made in Maine: This insightful biography covers the life and career of Edmund “Ed” Muskie, from his childhood in Rumford, Maine, to his years as the governor of Maine.  Born in a paper mill town in Maine’s western foothills, Muskie was one of six children of a Polish immigrant and a Polish-American mother whose English was worse than her husband’s.  His arc through his formative years was singular and unpredictable, an American story that looks plausible only in hindsight.

About L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company: Because his feet got wet and sore on a hunting trip, L. L. Bean developed his famous boot and started the mail-order company that would change the sleepy town of Freeport, Maine, into a huge outdoor mall.  The story begins with the Bean family, young Leon Leonwood Bean’s love of the outdoors, his first forays into sales (soap, men’s clothing), and then his development of the boot and the beginnings of an outdoors outfitting company that ran on a card file system and resisted change. The story of L.L. Bean, Inc.’s phenomenal growth under grandson Leon Gorman is replete with Preppies, MBAs, infighting, and even parodies of a company that would eventually get its own Zip Code.

L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company The Complete Story is carefully researched (hitting many sources unexamined previously), and is great fun to read.  It takes readers on a tour from the founding of the Bean family on American shores, to L. L., and from the company’s rise under grandson Leon Gorman to present-day operations under president and CEO Chris McCormick…. Witherell proves to be good at exploring Bean’s camps, L. L. as an outdoorsman and a businessman (with his strengths and later lack of interest in the future). He also provides insight into Gorman’s ability to understand these strength and weaknesses, and his canny development of a million-dollar static company into an international force. If you don’t know Beans, you can claim to after reading this first-rate book”. —-William David Barry, Maine Sunday Telegram

About the Author: Jim Witherell, an historian from Lewiston, Maine, is also a master Maine Guide and the creator of hiking maps for Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park. Also an avid cyclist, he is the author of Bicycle History (McGann).

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