Dennis O. Cawthorne

Mackinac Island: Inside, Up Close, and Personal

ISBN 978-1-933926-45-2    $40


Cawthorne’s half century of living and working on the famed northern Michigan resort island provides a colorful, entertaining, and comprehensive history of social, economic, and political events which have shaped Mackinac Island in the last 50 years.


The book has been described as a “nostalgic and candid behind-the-scenes look… part memoir, part history, and part chronicle…” noting the author’s experiences over a half century as carriage driver, chamber of commerce manager, state legislator, restaurateur,

attorney, legislative advocate, and for over twenty years, a member and chairman of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. Favorable reviews by Governor William G. Milliken, Bill Ballenger, editor-emeritus and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics and Phil Porter, director of Mackinac Historic Parks are as follows:


Governor Milliken comments, “For decades Dennis Cawthorne has enjoyed an unparalleled perspective on Mackinac Island and the people who make it up. In this colorful, insightful account of Mackinac Island life and times, Cawthorne shares rich historical context along with his half-century of first-hand experiences and observations.”

According to Ballenger, “Few people know Michigan political history and Mackinac Island like Dennis Cawthorne. His book is a highly entertaining blend of both, and a lot more."

Finally, Porter observes, “Dennis Cawthorne’s informative, thoughtful and entertaining book provides a delightful journey through Mackinac Island’s past 50 years. Covering a wide range of topics through the lives of unforgettable characters, this book is a must read for anyone interested in the wonderfully unique world that is Mackinac Island."