Books by Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is the author of six books. He has written 25 documentaries on Great Lakes shipwrecks, including three about the Edmund Fitzgerald.


THE ESSENTIAL GINSBERG by Allen Ginsberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"Except for brief introductions to the journal entries, Schumacher allows the selections to stand alone as testimony to an often outrageous, groundbreaking poet and tireless social activist."
A representative sampling from an iconic American poet. Read full book review >
AL CAPP by Michael Schumacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Both the light and dark sides of the man who made the country both laugh and gag."
A warts-and-all biography of the creator of "Li'l Abner." Read full book review >
WILL EISNER by Michael Schumacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Engaging for both the curious and the ardent fan."
This biography of visionary pioneer Will Eisner (1917-2005) also includes a compact history of the progression from comic books to graphic novels. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A signal contribution to nautical Americana."
Nonfiction veteran Schumacher (Mr. Basketball, 2007, etc.) gives a graphic account of a 50-year-old maritime disaster. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"A compelling portrait of a dynamic and influential man, on and off the court."
Biographer Schumacher (Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, 2005, etc.) turns his eye to a basketball legend. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2005

"A fastidious history of loss at sea, for casual reader and maritime maven alike."
Just 30 years ago, all hands were lost when, in a howling storm, a huge, seemingly unsinkable ship plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An eloquent, affecting collection that offers lessons in poetry, in love, and in family."
A surprisingly poignant selection of letters between Beat Generation poet-guru Allen Ginsberg and his father, Louis, a career English teacher and an accomplished poet himself. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 1999

"When it ends and the glazed eyes refocus, you're left with the unsettling realization you've just spent 500 pages on the man who directed One From the Heart. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The director of perhaps the finest film of the past 30 years is presented as erratic, grandiose, and mysteriously boring for so great an artist. Read full book review >
CROSSROADS by Michael Schumacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 1995

"Meatier than the average fan bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An evenhanded biography that humanizes the guitar hero once dubbed ``God'' by his adoring fans. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Rings the doorbell on your heart, your brain, and your love of great verse. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Strong, wonderfully absorbing life of Beat bard Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926) that breaks new ground in its critical analyses of the poet's work; by Schumacher (Reasons to Believe, 1988—not reviewed). Read full book review >