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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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Cobb Would Have Caught It

The Golden Age of Baseball in Detroit

Richard Bak

A peek into the mind and soul of professional baseball as it was played in a dynamic city fifty, sixty, and even seventy years ago.

Published: April 1993
ISBN: 9780814323564

The Making of a Mining District

Keweenaw Native Copper 1500-1870

David J. Krause

The Making of a Mining District is the first book to fully document the Keweenaw Peninsula of northern Michigan’s large amount of pure metallic "native" state, and the unique value of these deposits.

Published: December 1992
ISBN: 9780814324073

Under the Influence of Water

Poems, Essays, and Stories

Michael Delp
Illustrations by Ladislav R. Hanka

Under the Influence of Water is about moments—how time goes away on a river.

Published: July 1992
ISBN: 9780814323915

Copper Country Journal

The Diary of Schoolmaster Henry Hobart, 1863-1864

Edited with an Introductory Essay by Philip P. Mason

Hobart centered his narrative on Cliff Mine, one of the leading producers of copper in the world and the primary employer in the town of Clifton.

Published: April 1991
ISBN: 9780814323427

Life on the Great Lakes

A Wheelsman’s Story

Fred W. Dutton
Edited by William Donohue Ellis

Fred Dutton’s fascinating account captures the flavor of working on Great Lakes ships in the early twentieth century.

Published: February 1991
ISBN: 9780814322611

Michigan's Lumbertowns

Lumbermen and Laborers in Saginaw, Bay City, and Muskegon, 1870-1905

Jeremy W. Kilar

This study is a comprehensive history of these lumbertowns from their inception as frontier settlements to their emergence as reshaped industrial centers.

Published: August 1990
ISBN: 9780814320730

The Making of Michigan, 1820-1860

A Pioneer Anthology

Edited by Justin L. Kestenbaum

The Making of Michigan is a wide-ranging collection of primary accounts of life in Michigan during the pioneer period.

Published: May 1990
ISBN: 9780814319192

Deep Woods Frontier

A History of Logging in Northern Michigan

Theodore J. Karamanski

Examines the interplay between men and technology in the lumbering of Michigan's rugged Upper Peninsula.

Published: October 1989
ISBN: 9780814320495

The Legacy of Albert Kahn

W. Hawkins Ferry
With an Essay by Walter B. Sanders

The Legacy of Albert Kahn salutes the achievements of one of America's most distinguished architects

Published: October 1989
ISBN: 9780814318898


City of Race and Class Violence, Revised Edition

B. J. Widick

This revised edition charts Detroit’s bitter history of race and class violence, and its particular effect on the city today.

Published: May 1989
ISBN: 9780814321041
Published: May 1989
ISBN: 9780814337646

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

The Search for a Child Killer

Tommy McIntyre

A compelling and detailed account of the search for the Oakland County child killer. A story of tragedy and grief, dead-ends and disappointments.

Published: October 1988
ISBN: 9780814319895

Danny and the Boys

Being Some Legends of Hungry Hollow

Robert Traver

Robert Traver captures the genuine flavor of backwoods life in this story recounting the escapades of Danny and his four croonies.

Published: November 1987
ISBN: 9780814319284

Michigan Voices

Our State’s History in the Words of the People Who Lived It

Compiled and Edited by Joe Grimm

A fascinating assemblage of old family letters, diaries, journals, photos, and other memorabilia, Michigan Voices introduces the reader to a more personal side of the state’s history.

Published: October 1987
ISBN: 9780814319680

The Situation in Flushing

By Edmund G. Love
Foreword by Judd Arnett

In a nostalgic, yet nimble telling of his boyhood in Flushing, Michigan, Edmund Love notes that he was born into a world that ceased to exist almost as soon as he entered it.

Published: October 1987
ISBN: 9780814319178

Waiting for the Morning Train

An American Boyhood

Bruce Catton
Foreword by William B. Catton

In this memoir, Catton remembers his youth, his family, his home town, and his coming of age.

Published: August 1987
ISBN: 9780814318850

The Late, Great Lakes

An Environmental History

William Ashworth

The Late, Great Lakes is a powerful indictment of man's carelessness, ignorance, and apathy toward the Great Lakes.

Published: May 1987
ISBN: 9780814318874
Published: May 1987
ISBN: 9780814339985

Michigan Place Names

The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities

By Walter Romig
Foreword by Larry B. Massie

From Aabec in Antrim County to Zutphen in Ottawa County, from Hell to Hooker, Michigan Place Names is a compendium of information on the origins of the state's geographical names.

Published: October 1986
ISBN: 9780814318386

Freshwater Fury

Yarns and Reminiscences of the Greatest Storm in Inland Navigation

by Frank Barcus
Foreword by Rachelle Barcus Warren

Freshwater Fury is the first comprehensive history of the Great Storm.

Published: October 1986
ISBN: 9780814318287

Call It North Country

The Story of Upper Michigan

John Bartlow Martin

Call It North Country recounts the lives of miners, hunters, trappers, and lumberjacks—the hardy breeds who first populated the harsh land of the Upper Peninsula.

Published: October 1986
ISBN: 9780814318690

Young Henry Ford

A Picture History of the First Forty Years

by Sidney Olson

Young Henry Ford is a visual and textual presentation of the first forty years of Henry Ford.

Published: June 1963
ISBN: 9780814343050
Published: June 1963
ISBN: 9780814312247
Published: June 1963
ISBN: 9780814339954