- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Format: Paperback | 204 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 19mm | 308g
- Publication date: 12 February 1986
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0393301753
- ISBN 13: 9780393301755
- Edition: 2
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised ed.
- Illustrations note: Ill.
- Sales rank: 1,638,434
The idea that abundance was "inexhaustible--that fatal Michigan word," as the author calls it--dominated thinking about the state from the days when Commandant Cadillac's soldiers arrived at Detroit until his name became a brand of car. Viewed in this light, Michigan is a case study of all America, and Americans in any state will be fascinated. In a colorful, dramatic past, Mr. Catton finds understanding of where we are in the present and what the future will make us face.
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In this book, Catton turns to his native Michigan to tell a story of what happened when a primitive wilderness changed into a bustling industrial center so fast that it was as if the old French explorer Etienne Brule 'should step up to shake hands with Henry Ford.'