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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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The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michigan

A Quaternary and Recent Faunal Adventure

By J. Alan Holman

A comprehensive look at Michigan amphibians and reptiles from ancient times to present.

Hardback
Published: May 2012
ISBN: 9780814332399
eBOOK
Published: May 2012
ISBN: 9780814337134

Geology and Landscape of Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Vicinity

William L. Blewett

A fully illustrated field guide to the geology and scenery of northern Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and vicinity.

Paperback
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814334416
eBOOK
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814336168

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

People, Law, and Politics

David Gardner Chardavoyne

A chronological history of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, from its beginnings in the 1830s to the present.

Hardback
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814334614
eBOOK
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814337202

Lake Superior Profiles

People on the Big Lake

John Gagnon

Introduces readers to ordinary, offbeat, and interesting people living on and around Lake Superior.

Paperback
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814336281
eBOOK
Published: March 2012
ISBN: 9780814336298
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The Fall and Recapture of Detroit in the War of 1812

In Defense of William Hull

Anthony J. Yanik

Details the first major U.S. setback in the War of 1812 and analyzes the background and aftermath of Hull’s surrender.

Hardback
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814335987
eBOOK
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814335956

Arab Detroit 9/11

Life in the Terror Decade

Edited by Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock

Contributors explore the trauma, unexpected political gains, and moral ambiguities faced by Arab Detroiters in post-9/11 America.

Paperback
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814335000
eBOOK
Published: September 2011
ISBN: 9780814336823

Iron Will

Cleveland-Cliffs and the Mining of Iron Ore, 1847-2006

Terry S. Reynolds and Virginia P. Dawson

The history of Cleveland-Cliffs, a company that played a key role in iron mining development in the Lake Superior region.

Hardback
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 9780814335116
eBOOK
Published: April 2011
ISBN: 9780814336434

Monopoly on Wheels

Henry Ford and the Selden Automobile Patent

William Greenleaf
With a New Introduction by David L. Lewis

Examines the eight-year legal fight to overturn the Selden automobile patent in the early days of the American auto industry.

Paperback
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780814335123
eBOOK
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9780814335840
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Hollowed Ground

Copper Mining and Community Building on Lake Superior, 1840s-1990s

Larry Lankton

Details a century and a half of copper mining along Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, from the arrival of the first incorporated mines in the 1840s until the closing of the last mine in the mid-1990s.

Paperback
Published: May 2010
ISBN: 9780814334904
Hardback
Published: May 2010
ISBN: 9780814334584
eBOOK
Published: May 2010
ISBN: 9780814336960

Storied Independent Automakers

Nash, Hudson, and American Motors

Charles K. Hyde

Explores the business history of three major independent American automakers—Nash Motor Company, the Hudson Motor Car Company, and the American Motors Company—that faced fierce competition from the "Big Three."

Hardback
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9780814334461
eBOOK
Published: November 2009
ISBN: 9780814340868
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Maxwell Motor and the Making of the Chrysler Corporation

Anthony J. Yanik

A detailed history of Maxwell Motor Company, a medium-sized Detroit automaker that became the foundation of the Chrysler Corporation.

Hardback
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814334232
eBOOK
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814340851

A Newscast for the Masses

The History of Detroit Television News

Tim Kiska

Explores the development of local television news and the economic and social factors that elevated it to prominence.

Paperback
Published: February 2009
ISBN: 9780814333020
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Art in Detroit Public Places

Third Edition

Dennis Alan Nawrocki

Third edition of a favorite guide to major examples of public art in metropolitan Detroit, updated for the first time since 1999.

Paperback
Published: August 2008
ISBN: 9780814333785
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Who's Jim Hines?

Jean Alicia Elster

A look at issues of race in Depression-era Detroit for young readers, aged 8 through 12.

Paperback
Published: July 2008
ISBN: 9780814334027
eBOOK
Published: July 2008
ISBN: 9780814335437
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A Picturesque Situation

Mackinac before Photography, 1615-1860

Brian Leigh Dunnigan

From the author of the award-winning Frontier Metropolis, a comprehensive visual history of the straits of Mackinac in pre-photographic images.

Hardback
Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9780814332146
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Summer Dreams

The Story of Bob-lo Island

Patrick Livingston

A definitive history of Bob-lo Island, a Canadian amusement park in the mouth of the Detroit River and a favorite recreation spot for generations of Detroit-area residents.

Paperback
Published: April 2008
ISBN: 9780814333655

These Men Have Seen Hard Service

The First Michigan Sharpshooters in the Civil War

Raymond J. Herek

These Men Have Seen Hard Service recounts the fascinating history of one outstanding Michigan regiment during the Civil War.

Paperback
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9780814334072
eBOOK
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9780814338322

Tracy W. McGregor

Humanitarian, Philanthropist, and Detroit Civic Leader

By Philip P. Mason

Biography of Detroit philanthropist Tracy McGregor and his wife, Katherine Whitney McGregor, that details their support of charities and social movements in the first decades of the twentieth century.

Hardback
Published: January 2008
ISBN: 9780814333761

When You Come Home

A Wartime Courtship in Letters, 1941-45

Edited by Robert E. Quirk

The story of two Wayne State University students who were separated by World War II, told through the letters that they exchanged.

Paperback
Published: October 2007
ISBN: 9780814333341
eBOOK
Published: October 2007
ISBN: 9780814335581

Life with Mae

A Detroit Family Memoir

Neal Shine

A memoir of growing up on Detroit’s East Side in the 1930s and 1940s combined with an often hilarious biographical portrait of Shine’s mother, Mae.

Hardback
Published: September 2007
ISBN: 9780814332986

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