Rooks on ‘Rise, Decline and Renewal’

Apr 13, 2018
Douglas Rooks

Belfast — Maine author and journalist Douglas Rooks will read from his new book, “Rise, Decline and Renewal: The Democratic Party in Maine,” Tuesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

“Rise, Decline and Renewal” tells the remarkable story of the Maine Democratic Party — how it suddenly rose from irrelevance in 1954 with the election of Gov. Ed Muskie, successfully challenged the ruling Republican Party over the next two decades and initiated a creative period of wide-ranging reforms that produced a model government for a state long perceived as a cultural and economic backwater. The book makes the case that only a vigorous two-party system, based on competition rather than endless conflict, can restore Maine’s state government to health.

Rooks also is the author of “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible.” As a journalist, he served as editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta and editor and publisher of Maine Times; he has written about state government and politics for 33 years. He currently is a local columnist for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.

Signed copies of both books will be available following questions and discussion. This program is sponsored by the library and is free and open to all. For more information, call 338-3884, ext. 10.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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