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Product Details

  • Paperback: 781 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; 3 Rev Sub edition (September 5, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802870554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802870551
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Chad M. Brick on December 29, 2000
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As a life-long resident of Michigan, I felt that I needed to know more about my home state. Dunbar and May's work did just that.
Michigan : A History of the Wolverine State lies somewhere between a textbook and a more casual non-fiction text, with copious endnotes for the historian, yet a clear, flowing style for the casual reader. It would serve as an excellent text for a college course on the subject.
I found reading this work to be immensely valuable and entertaining, and a great conversation starter. In it you will find explanations of the origins of nearly every facet of Michigan society. Beginning with the ancient history of the Native American tribes, and finishing with the education and tax reforms of the early 1990's, very little is left behind. You will learn such quirky facts as the meaning of the name "Ypsilanti", why Kellogg and Post Cereals are both headquartered in Battle Creek, and the true story of the Michigan-Ohio border war. Comprehensive, lucid, and entertaining. Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terese VanHout on November 29, 2012
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This is the required text for a Michigan History Course I am taking at a local community college. Each chapter is long and lacking a true theme; I would describe each chapter as a collage of arcane and dense factoids in a topical fashion concerning Michigan History. The content in many chapters overlap and the lack of solid themes in each chapter, combined with names, dates, and too many statistics make each chapter difficult to summarize and assimilate. The authors are both deceased, Dunbar died in 1970, and May in 2003, so it could further use to be updated, and given a more modern analysis of the material. This book should be about 2/3 shorter. It needs heavy editing; someone to look at the content - really analyze it, then cut out the dead ends and dried leaves. Michigan has an interesting past, but you have to wade through a lot of minitiae to get it out of this book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Kedzierski on June 2, 2010
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I had bought this book because I needed it for a class for college, and as I started reading it I started to understand the drama of how Michigan came about-It was a rough road for our ancestors. The authors pull you back in time in a way that it is not just a history book, but it kind of tells the STORY too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darren Jones on October 8, 2013
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The book is extremely in depth, and seems to flow pretty easily while reading it. I bought this book for a college class, and I can honestly say I enjoy reading it on a personal level.
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