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Great Lakes Books Series

Editor: Thomas Klug, Wayne State University
The Great Lakes Books Series specializes in books of regional interest and importance to Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region. Inaugurated in 1986 to honor Michigan's 1987 sesquicentennial, the series currently includes titles on Michigan and regional history, the Upper Peninsula, military history, the Great Lakes and maritime history, Detroit history and culture, automotive history, art and architecture, literature, sports, ecology and the environment, and books for young readers.

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Rosie, A Detroit Herstory

Bailey Sisoy Isgro
Illustrated by Nicole Lapointe

For young readers, an illustrated true story about the women workers of World War II.

Printed Paper Case
Available August 2018
ISBN: 9780814345443
eBOOK
Available August 2018
ISBN: 9780814345450

John E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age

Brian C. Wilson

John E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age is the remarkable story of the spiritual search of one of Michigan’s most successful entrepreneurs, a search that culminated in the Fetzer Institute whose ambitious mission is nothing less than the spiritual transformation of the world.

Hardback
Available August 2018
ISBN: 9780814345306
eBOOK
Available August 2018
ISBN: 9780814345313

Bold Boys in Michigan History

Patricia Majher

Biographical sketches of twenty notable young men with ties to Michigan.

Paperback
Published: June 2018
ISBN: 9780814344545
eBOOK
Published: June 2018
ISBN: 9780814344552

Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company

C. Roger Pellett

A history of the American Steel Barge Company and the vessels that it built and operated.

Printed Paper Cased
Published: May 2018
ISBN: 9780814344767
eBOOK
Published: May 2018
ISBN: 9780814344774

Seasons of Grace

A History of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit

Leslie Woodcock Tentler
Foreword by Edmund Cardinal Szoka

Seasons of Grace is a history of the Catholic Church and community in southern lower Michigan from the 1830s through the 1950s.

Paperback
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344002
eBOOK
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814343999

Toast of the Town

The Life and Times of Sunnie Wilson

Sunnie Wilson with John Cohassey

The life and times of Sunnie Wilson reflected on the changes in Detroit over the last sixty years.

Paperback
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814343876
eBOOK
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814343883

The Iron Hunter

Chase S. Osborn
With an Introduction by Robert M. Warner

Autobiography of Michigan’s controversial governor from the Upper Peninsula.

Paperback
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814343951
eBOOK
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814335857

Independent Man

The Life of Senator James Couzens

Harry Barnard
With an Introduction by David L. Lewis

The only book-length biography of a major Michigan figure who served as Detroit’s mayor and contributed to the early success of the Ford Motor Company.

Paperback
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814343968
eBOOK
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814335871

Songquest

The Journals of Great Lakes Folklorist Ivan H. Walton

Edited by Joe Grimm

The field notes of a pioneering folklorist who collected the songs, stories, and cultural history of Great Lakes sailors in the 1930s.

Paperback
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344613
eBOOK
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344606

Uppermost Canada

The Western District and the Detroit Frontier, 1800-1850

R. Alan Douglas

Examines the historical, cultural, and social history of the Canadian portion of the Detroit River community in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Paperback
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344484
eBOOK
Published: February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344491

John Jacob Astor

Business and Finance in the Early Republic

John Denis Haeger

Biography of John Jacob Astor's life and his career as a merchant, fur trader, and land speculator as vehicles for examining several important themes and issues in American economic and urban development between 1790 and 1860.

Paperback
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343449
eBOOK
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343432

Queen of the Lakes

Mark L. Thompson

Queen of the Lakes, perfect for coffee tables, lakefront cabins, and boat lovers' bookshelves, tells the story of each of the ships that has been honored with the title "Queen of the Great Lakes."

Paperback
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343364
eBOOK
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343371

Survival and Regeneration

Detroit’s American Indian Community

Edmund Jefferson Danziger, Jr.

Survival and Regeneration tells the story of Detroit's significant and oft-forgotten Native American community.

Paperback
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343326
eBOOK
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343333

Steamboats and Sailors of the Great Lakes

Mark L. Thompson

Steamboats and Sailors of the Great Lakes traces the evolution of the Great Lakes shipping industry over the last three centuries.

Paperback
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343340
eBOOK
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814338353

"Expanding the Frontiers of Civil Rights"

Michigan, 1948-1968

Sidney Fine

"Expanding the Frontiers of Civil Rights" documents an important shift in state level policy to make clear that civil rights in Michigan embraced all people.

Paperback
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343289
eBOOK
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343296

All-American Anarchist

Joseph A. Labadie and the Labor Movement

Carlotta R. Anderson

All-American Anarchist offers a comprehensive biography of influential Detroit labor activist Joseph A. Labadie.

Paperback
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343265
eBOOK
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343272

Detroit on Stage

The Players Club, 1910-2005

Marijean Levering

Detroit on Stage traces the extraordinary history of Detroit’s The Players Club from its beginnings in 1910 until present.

Paperback
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343227
eBOOK
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343234

Roads to Prosperity

Economic Development Lessons from Midsize Canadian Cities

Gary Sands and Laura A. Reese

Explores popular economic development strategies in midsize Canadian urban areas.

Paperback
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 9780814343593
Hardback
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 9780814344415
eBOOK
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 9780814343609
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To the Copper Country

Mihaela's Journey

Barbara Carney-Coston

A young Croatian girl travels to America hoping to heal her father in 1880s northern Michigan.

Paperback
Published: September 2017
ISBN: 9780814343630
eBOOK
Published: September 2017
ISBN: 9780814343647

The Detroit Riot of 1967

Hubert G. Locke

Eyewitness account of the civil disorder in Detroit in the summer of 1967.

Paperback
Published: July 2017
ISBN: 9780814343777
eBOOK
Published: July 2017
ISBN: 9780814343784

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