The Library of Michigan 2018 Michigan Notable Books: Michigan’s 20 best books include Frank Boles’ Sailing into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them.
Sailing into History describes the fascinating history of a century of achievements and setbacks, unimagined change mixed with surprising stability. The Great Lakes create a vast transportation network that supports a massive shipping industry. In this volume, seamanship, cargo, competition, cooperation, technology, engineering, business, unions, government decisions, and international agreements all come together to create a story of unrivaled interest about the Great Lakes ships and the crews that sailed them in the 20th Century.
Frank Boles has been the director of Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library since 1991. Previously, he worked at the University of Michigan, Chicago Historical Museum, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Boles received his archival training at Wayne State University, and was awarded a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan.