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Detroit: An American Autopsy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    This IS Detroit

    From the first page to the last you FEEL the pain of a city with a bad case of Cancer. If you live in Detroit, read this book. If you live in Michigan, read this book. For that matter, if you live in America read this book. This is US people! Dont look the other way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    My hometown

    I found myself laughing in places of this book as I know well some of the locations. Other times I nearly cried as the once great city has been dead for some time now and none of its residents know it. There have been some signs of a rebirth but the sad fact is, Detroit has been raped, pillaged and plundered for a long time by a good many people and Charlie LeDuff spent time sifting through the wreckage to bring us a sad report. Like a crime scene investigator, he details not so much as the why but lots of the how. He doesn't flinch in what he says and it's easy to love him for it. Such an account is refreshing and also sobering.

    Those who stay, whether trapped by circumstances or compelled to, are here in the book and your heart goes out for them. Detroit is its people and there are lots of good ones there. LeDuff's words are also sage; more than once he tells the reader that this blight is not an isolated incident but is reaching out to other big cities. Maybe yours will see this decline someday so strengthen that which remains.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    highly recommended to understand urban pathology

    Compelling journalist first hand experience with the endemic problems of a rust belt city with non-reformed politics. The writing is well done, expressing the emotions of one who sees a city in which he was raised collapse and the damage done to individuals who are trying to do the best they can. The damage of non-reformed, unprofessional, partisan politics is honestly captured. How those politics become cancerous, malignant, is well captured. Illustrates how a city can lose over half its population and most of its wealth while the politics continue as they have in the past. With the investigative depth of the reporting it is indeed an autopsy and a must read for students of and citizens under urban politics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Simultaneously fascinating and appalling

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in the state, good or bad, of American big cities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Good read

    This was a good and interesting book to read. I am from Michigan and new many of the things that Leduff was talking about.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Brilliant read. Gritty stories about the fall of a great city!

    I found this book fascinating in a watching a train wreck way. It seemed to encapsulate the consequences of technological and economic transitions, political corruption, and intractability in the face of change in a very human way. It provides insight in how important that social safety net is, and the consequences of over-reliance on it.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    LeDuff breaks down the demise of Detroit while incorporating per

    LeDuff breaks down the demise of Detroit while incorporating personal experiences. He covers everthing from the fall of the auto industry to the political coruption that has plagued the city since Mayor Coleman Young. This is a great read for anyone from the city or those who are interested in how Detroit got to it's current state.

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