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John Rae, Arctic Explorer

The Unfinished Autobiography

John Rae
Edited and with an Introduction by William Barr

An annotated edition of John Rae’s unfinished autobiography that completes his unparalleled life story.

Hardback
Available July 2018
ISBN: 9781772123326

Bold Boys in Michigan History

Patricia Majher

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

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

White Squall

Sailing the Great Lakes

Edited by Victoria Brehm

White Squall is a history of the lakes written by those who knew them best in all weathers and all eras from the beginning to the present.

Paperback
Available May 2018
ISBN: 9780970260611
eBOOK
Available May 2018
ISBN: 9780970260697

Building the Modern World

Albert Kahn in Detroit

Michael H. Hodges

A photographically rich biography of protean architect Albert Kahn.

Hardback
Available April 2018
ISBN: 9780814340356
eBOOK
Available April 2018
ISBN: 9780814340363

The Life and Work of Ludwig Lewisohn

Volume 1: "A Touch of Wildness"

Ralph Melnick

Biography of Ludwig Lewisohn’s life until 1934, an imposing literary figure in America and Europe during the first half of the twentieth century.

Paperback
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344675
eBOOK
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344668

Life and Work of Ludwig Lewisohn, Volume II

"This Dark and Desperate Age"

Ralph Melnick

This second volume portrays Lewisohn's last decades as an outspoken opponent of Nazi Germany.

Paperback
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814345047
eBOOK
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814345030

Maurice Sugar

Law, Labor, and the Left in Detroit, 1912-1950

Christopher H. Johnson

A biography of the life of Maurice Sugar, a labor activist and lawyer for the United Auto Workers, highlighting his struggles of the early 1930s to bring the union message to Detroit.

Paperback
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344835
eBOOK
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814340042

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
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814343968
eBOOK
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814335871

The Iron Hunter

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

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

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

Wisdom in Nonsense

Invaluable Lessons from My Father

Heather O'Neill
Kit Dobson, Introduction

Wry and witty stories of unconventional mentors show the foundation of O’Neill’s writing life.

Paperback
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9781772123777

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
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343449
eBOOK
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343432

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
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343265
eBOOK
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343272

Michigan Opera Theatre

The DiChiera Legacy

Timothy Paul Lentz

History of David DeChiera's tenure with Michigan Opera Theater and his significant contribution to the renaissance of the city of Detroit.

Hardback
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 9780692794937

The Dragon Run

Two Canadians, Ten Bhutanese, One Stray Dog

Tony Robinson-Smith

From the remote Kingdom of Bhutan, a memoir about running, teaching, and what really matters.

Paperback
Published: September 2017
ISBN: 9781772123005
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Designing Detroit

Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture

Michael G. Smith

Shines a light on Detroit architect Wirt Rowland who, until now, has largely slipped into obscurity.

Hardback
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814339794
eBOOK
Published: May 2017
ISBN: 9780814339800

Surviving the Gulag

A German Woman’s Memoir

Ilse Johansen
Edited by Heather Marshall
Translated by Hans Rudolf Gahler
Introduction by Michael Seadle

Personal narrative of a German woman surviving five years in Russian prison camps.

Paperback
Published: November 2016
ISBN: 9781772120387

Friends, Families & Forays

Scenes from the Life and Times of Henry Ford

by Ford R. Bryan

An illustrated collection of essays about the various people, events, and experiments from Henry Ford’s lifetime.

Paperback
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 9780814331095
Hardback
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 9780814331088
eBOOK
Published: June 2016
ISBN: 9780814336847

Grant Notley

The Social Conscience of Alberta, Second Edition

Howard Leeson
Rachel Notley, Foreword

Biography of Grant Notley, leader of Alberta’s New Democratic Party from 1968 to 1984.

Paperback
Published: January 2016
ISBN: 9781772121254
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Yamasaki in Detroit

A Search for Serenity

John Gallagher

Explores the life, creative drive, and notable projects of modernist architect Minoru Yamasaki.

Hardback
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341193
eBOOK
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341209
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Justus S. Stearns

Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845-1933

Michael W. Nagle

Examines a major Michigan timber baron and political figure who also founded a coal-mining empire in Kentucky.

Hardback
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341261
eBOOK
Published: September 2015
ISBN: 9780814341278

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