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Alpine Township

BY MARY RASCH ALT

Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, $19.99, www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.

A century of history is documented through photos and line drawings dating from the mid-1800s. Alpine Township, named after its abundance of pine trees, was known for its fertile soil and plentiful orchards. Photos of the lumbering era show shanty boys proudly posing atop stacks of logs. Line drawings depict the township's earliest farms with neat rows of crops and grazing cattle. A chapter on homes and barns reinforces the notion of large farming families with several children, hired hands and strong workhorses.

The Detroit Tigers: A Pictorial Celebration of the Greatest Players and Moments in Tigers History (Fourth Edition)

BY WILLIAM M. ANDERSON

Detroit: Wayne State University Press, $39.95, www.wsupress.wayne.edu or (800) WSU-READ.

The history of major league baseball in Detroit is covered from its beginnings in 1881 through the 2007 season. Over five hundred carefully selected photographs, many of which have not been published before, complement commentary on the highlights and lowlights of each season. The new edition salutes the historic final season of baseball at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull and welcomes a new century of baseball at Comerica Park.

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Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors (Third edition)

BY LAWRENCE R. GUSTIN

Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, $18.95, www.umpress.umich.edu (800) 343-4499.

The biography of General Motor's founder Billy Durant has been expanded in this new edition in recognition of GM's centennial anniversary. This second edition includes an updated eighteen-page epilogue based on an interview with Durant's last personal secretary. The volume, first published in 1973, is illustrated with more than ninety historic photos and other illustrations.

A Diver's Guide: Shipwrecks Along Lake Superior's North Shore

BY STEPHEN B. DANIEL

St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, $24.95, www.mhspress.org or (800) 621-2736.

Stories of dozens of shipwrecks in Lake Superior are explored, with detailed descriptions, hundreds of photographs, charts, and diagrams. Dive sites are categorized by region and enriched with maritime history and structural details of the original vessels. The human aspect is also explored with an emphasis on what actions were taken to save both crew and vessel, and the modern-day efforts to preserve these sites.

Cheboygan

BY MATTHEW J. FRIDAY

Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, $19.99, www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.

From its Native American roots as a trading center to its current tourism industry, Cheboygan has been a link between Mackinac Island and the lower peninsula for hundreds of years. Postcards and photographs depict the logging era, early downtown development, the railroad, ferry docks and prominent buildings. …