Meet Hiram Abrams, born in Portland in 1878, left school at age sixteen, sold newspapers, bought a cow and started a dairy--and eventually became the founder and president of United Artists. Or Louise Bogan, who was born in Livermore Falls in 1897, moved to Greenwich Village as a young woman, took up the bohemian life, occasionally drove the get-away car for a fur thief, and ended up as a poetry critic for the New Yorker magazine. Meet Hiram Maxim, who was born in Sangerville in 1840, demonstrated remarkable ability at whittling at a very early age, and went on to invent the machine gun, cordite, a steam-powered airplane, a twin-rotor helicopter, the modern aerial bomb, a steam inhaler for asthmatics, and much more. And then there's Princess Salm-Salm, born Agnes Elisabeth Winona Leclerque Joy in 1840, who first achieved notoriety as a circus performer on a galloping horse (while playing an accordion) and ended up being the first woman awarded the Prussian Medal of Honor. Mainers--boring? Never! Written by Arthur Douglas Stover. 2006 paperback, 532 pages.