This insightful and well-researched biography is the first on Muskie to appear in the past two decades and captures in intimate detail how the man who would craft the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act and become the architect of America’s environmental protections was shaped by formative influences, and how he shaped himself. The arc of Edmund “Ed” Muskie’s life from modest beginnings to future greatness was singular and unpredictable—an American story that looks plausible only in hindsight. Chronicling his life and career through his two terms as Maine’s governor, the book reveals how he was shaped by his Polish heritage—he spoke only Polish until age 4—and his Rumford boyhood to be a Democratic governor in a Republican state and then the father of the modern-day environmental movement. Many photos. 352 pages, hardcover.