Detroit: An American Autopsy (Paperback)

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I just cannot say enough good things about this book. I rarely read non-fiction, I have never finished a non-fiction book. I just can't pay attention! I blame it on the ADD. Anyway, Detroit is a must read for anyone even slightly interested in the decay of the once great city.

The book is gripping... surreal. How can this actually have happened? The city's mayor denying necessary upgrades to firehouses but hiring Strawberry the stripper and then having her killed? No way.

Five years ago, I drove through the city on a tour of my family's roots and was dumbfounded at what I saw. I had no idea it was so bad. Now, every few weeks I am in the area for one reason or another and it's so fascinating to see the changes taking place... some bad, but a lot of really great things, too.

Charlie does a great job of discussing the changes. Much of what he discusses is negative, but some gives us a glimmer of hope for the great city.

— From Stephanie


An explosive expos of America's lost prosperity--from Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist Charlie LeDuff

Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family's troubled past. Having led us on the way up, Detroit now seems to be leading us on the way down. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation's poorest. Once the vanguard of America's machine age--mass-production, blue-collar jobs, and automobiles--Detroit is now America's capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosures. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark, and the righteous indignation only a native son possesses, LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city. He beats on the doors of union bosses and homeless squatters, powerful businessmen and struggling homeowners and the ordinary people holding the city together by sheer determination. Detroit: An American Autopsy is an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer.

About the Author

Charlie LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, formerly at the New York Times and the Detroit News, and currently on Detroit's Fox 2 News. He is the author of US Guys and Work and Other Sins. He lives near Detroit.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143124467
ISBN-10: 0143124463
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: January 28th, 2014
Pages: 287
Language: English

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