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Grant by Ron Chernow

Grant by Ron Chernow For most of the past century, the consensus among historians was that Grant was an effective but unimaginative general and a mediocre president whose administrations were soiled by financial corruption. In recent decades, there have been several more positive reappraisals of Grant as a soldier and politician. Chernow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, most notably, of Alexander ... Read More »

The Kelloggs: the Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel

The Kelloggs:  the Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the ... Read More »

Designing Detroit : Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture by Michael G. Smith

Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture by Michael G. Smith In the early 1900s, Detroit was leading the nation in architectural innovation and designer Wirt Rowland was at the forefront of this advancement, yet few are even aware of his substantial contribution to the evolution of architectural style. It is widely believed that celebrated local ... Read More »

American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse

American Fire: Love, Arson and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural ... Read More »

The Detroit Public Library by Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt

The Detroit Public Library : an American Classic by Barbara Madgy Cohn and Patrice Rafail Merritt For the last century, the Detroit Public Library has ranked as one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit—an important landmark as well as a significant monument serving generations of Detroiters. This book was born out of “Discover the Wonders,” an art and architectural tour ... Read More »

Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies edited by Joel Stone

Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies edited by Joel Stone In the summer of 1967, Detroit experienced one of the worst racially charged civil disturbances in United States history. Years of frustration generated by entrenched and institutionalized racism boiled over late on a hot July night. In an event that has been called a ‘riot,’ ‘rebellion,’ ‘uprising,’ and ‘insurrection,’ thousands of ... Read More »

Lake Invaders by William Rapai

Lake Invaders by William Rapai There are more than 180 exotic species in the Great Lakes. Some, such as green algae, the Asian tapeworm, and the suckermouth minnow, have had little or no impact so far. But a handful of others—sea lamprey, alewife, round goby, quagga mussel, zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny water flea, and rusty crayfish—have conducted an all-out ... Read More »

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann A true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. In Killers of the Flower Moon, David ... Read More »