"From reports of the earliest contacts between Native Americans and French explorers to contemporary controversies over immigration and urban affairs, the selections in The Great Water: A Documentary History of Michigan provide fascinating glimpses into the important issues and events of our state’s past. The words of participants, some official and some far more personal, help us better understand the attitudes and intentions of the people who have made Michigan".
—Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Associate Director and Curator of Maps, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
"This is a fascinating collection that belongs on the shelf of everyone who has even the slightest interest in Michigan and its history—and which will become instantly indispensable for those of us who study or write about this state."
—Jack Lessenberry, Senior News Analyst, Michigan Radio
"Covering the period from Michigan’s earliest inhabitants to the twenty-first century, Matthew R. Thick’s documentary reader provides a doorway to the past highlighting moments of tension and triumph. By provoking discussion about critical topics of the past and present, this selection resurrects past voices making Michigan’s history come alive."
—Amy French, History Professor, Delta College