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The sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald is one of the most famous shipwreck stories in Great Lakes history. It is also one of maritime lore’s great mysteries, the details of its disappearance as obscure now as on that fateful November day in 1975.
In his award-winning book Mighty Fitz, acclaimed author and historian Michael Schumacher relates in vivid detail the story of the ship, her many years on the waters of the Great Lakes, the tragic final day, the suspenseful search and rescue efforts, and the speculation that followed in the wake of the disaster.
The investigation into the wreck, resulting in a divisive final report, generated more than 3,000 pages of documentation, a mere fraction of which has been made available to the public. In The Trial of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Schumacher mines this rich resource and draws on the dramatic testimony given at the Coast Guard’s official inquiry to produce this first-ever documentary account.
Join us to mark the 44th anniversary when Schumacher will pay tribute to the lives lost by sharing a unique, and uniquely enlightening, perspective on this unforgettable episode in America’s maritime history.
Recommended: Michael Schumacher, Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald (2012) and The Trial of the Edmund Fitzgerald (forthcoming November 2019).
Michael Schumacher is the author of three additional shipwreck books: Torn in Two (2018), November’s Fury (2014), and Wreck of the Carl D. (Bloomsbury, 2008), as well as has written narratives for 25 Great Lakes shipwreck and lighthouse documentary films. his many other titles include biographies of musician Eric Clapton and folksinger Phil Ochs, cartoonists Will Eisner and Al Capp, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and basketball superstar George Mikan. Dharma Lion—Schumacher’s acclaimed biography of Allen Ginsberg—was reprinted in 2016, and followed by First Thought (2017), an edited compilation of previously uncollected interviews with the quintessential 20th-century American poet. Aside from The Trial of the Edmund Fitzgerald, his most recent book is The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).
All titles published by University of Minnesota Press unless noted.
Offered in cooperation with University of Minnesota Press.