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Motor City Music: A Detroiter Looks Back

By Mark Slobin Oxford University Press, $29.95 ISBN: 9780190882082

In Motor City Music: A Detroiter Looks Back, ethnomusicologist Mark Slobin examines Detroit's musical legacy from the 1940s to the 1960s. Encompassing all styles of music ranging from jazz to classical to ethnic, this historical study looks at the role of public schools in fostering early musical talent. The book also discusses the subcultural music genres of European immigrants and those who later migrated to Detroit from the southern United States. Written for a general audience, Motor City Music masterfully weaves together the story of how music unified a diverse city.

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer

By Lisa McCubbin Gallery Books, $28 ISBN: 9781501164743

Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer covers the life and legacy of Betty Ford from her life as a young girl in the Midwest to her serving as First Lady in the White House to her advocacy work thereafter. Author Lisa McCubbin interviewed all four of Betty Ford's children, as well as friends and colleagues, to provide a fresh narrative of this outspoken First Lady. Betty Ford's daughter, Susan Ford Bales, wrote the foreword and describes this glimpse into her mother's life as "Mom's third book."

The 22nd Michigan Infantry and the Road to Chickamauga

By John Cohassey McFarland & Company, Inc., $35 ISBN: 9781476671656

Author John Cohassey recounts the stories of the members of the 22nd Michigan Infantry and their day-to-day experiences while serving in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Mustered and trained in Pontiac, the regiment was called into action at the 1863 Battle of Chickamauga and helped save General George H. Thomas's right flank. The book draws from letters, regimental and military records, newspapers, and local histories to provide vivid details of the challenges and triumphs of those in the 22nd who bravely responded to the call of duty.

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Publication:Michigan History Magazine
Date:Jul 1, 2019
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