Detroit: An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff

Penguin Publishing Group | February 7, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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

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Published: February 7, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 110160588X

ISBN - 13: 9781101605882

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: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: February 7, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 110160588X

ISBN - 13: 9781101605882

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An explosive exposé 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.