Detroit: An American Autopsy

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Detroit: An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Highbridge Company | May 21, 2013 | Audio Book (CD)

Detroit: An American Autopsy is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America''s machine age?mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs?Detroit is now America''s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts.

With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city. In doing so, he uncovers the deeply human drama of a city filled with some of the strongest?and strangest?people our country has to offer.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 460 pages, 5.88 × 5.13 × 0.56 in

Published: May 21, 2013

Publisher: Highbridge Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 162231204X

ISBN - 13: 9781622312047

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked the writing I enjoy books written by journalists, for example, Jon Krakauer. I like their economical, active writing. LeDuff is a journalist and his prose is short, snappy and memorable. I would describe his writing as social realism, comparable to Daniel Woodrell's fiction, but without Woodrell's poetry. I found his personal memoirs reminiscent of Andre Dubus III's in 'Townie'. I began this book the day before Detroit filed for bankruptcy and was not surprised by the announcement. LeDuff had already performed the autopsy on the corpse. I gave the book 4 stars. I knocked off a star because the story is so bleak. I stopped reading the book because it was so hopeless but I was drawn back because I could not resist LeDuff's storytelling. If you enjoyed "Into Thin Air" by Krakauer, "Winter's Bone" by Woodrell or "Townie" by Dubus, you will enjoy "Detroit: An American Autopsy" by LeDuff.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great but sad read! Charlie Leduff takes on a nightmare tour of a once great metropolis that has fallen on hard times. Each chapter is insightful and concise as a different person that makes up the good and bad of Detroit is profiled. The Motor City is gutted and one hopes that there are a few embers of drive to revitalize this once great town. This book is a reminder that no city is immune from the disease that killed Detroit - a cure is needed for our urban centres. This book is a testament to great hardcore reporting from a fearless writer.
Date published: 2013-04-14

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Detroit: An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 460 pages, 5.88 × 5.13 × 0.56 in

Published: May 21, 2013

Publisher: Highbridge Company

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 162231204X

ISBN - 13: 9781622312047

From the Publisher

In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America''s machine age?mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs?Detroit is now America''s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts.

With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city. In doing so, he uncovers the deeply human drama of a city filled with some of the strongest?and strangest?people our country has to offer.

About the Author

CHARLIE LEDUFF was a staff writer at The New York Times, a reporter at The Detroit News, and is now a television journalist for Detroit''s FOX2 News. He contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times series and has received a Meyer Berger Award for distinguished writing about New York City. He is the author of US Guys and Work and Other Sins.

Editorial Reviews

"LeDuff explores it all with literary grace and justified indignation about what''s befallen a place he loves."
      -Minneapolis Star Tribune

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