Detroit: An American Autopsy

Audio Book (CD) | May 21, 2013

byCharlie Leduff

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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.

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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 ...

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 a...

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Format:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:460 pages, 5.88 × 5.13 × 0.56 inPublished:May 21, 2013Publisher:Highbridge CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very insightful and sad I loved loved loved this book. Charlie LeDuff doesn't mince words, the corruption in this city was rampant and probably not unlike many cities today. Can't even imagine the deserted neighborhoods, shootings, ill equipped police and fire fighters - the sad part is this could happen to any metropolis anywhere, maybe even more so today with the economic turmoil in most countries and corruption on every level. Reading this book was timely as I had also just watched a news story of how many U.S. companies are moving their businesses to Mexico for mostly economic (money) reasons, Admired LeDuff for his courage and love of his hometown. Must have been very sad to see what it had become. Would read this book again and enjoy it just as much.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Detroit Such a good read . it is so sad that such a great city is in such a sad shape and no one cares, to do something There are so many Wonderful people and places within Detroit.
Date published: 2015-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Detriot - An American Autopsy -First hand account by a native son who writes about the waste within Detroit. How the human condition deteriorated to the point that basic human concerns for others is abandoned. Good read.
Date published: 2014-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Detriot - An American Autopsy A terrific and compelling read by former New York Times staff writer Charlie LeDuff, who moves back to Detroit in 2010 and writes about the myriad characters who make up the underside of this once great American city. With his keen eye, LeDuff takes you into the centre of the action--cops, crooks, hustlers, hard scrabble folk--he writes with an intensity, honesty, and humour. He goes beyond the cliches and "blame game" and tells us real stories about real people, including himself. Reads like a cross between Elmore Leonard meets Malcolm Gladwell. Highly recommended
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and revealing Living across the river in Windsor, we assume we know Detroit. And to some degree, we do. Friends and family from outside the area have their preconceived notions of what Detroit is. We laugh, and dismiss them to some degree, choosing to educate them as to what a great city Detroit is. And it is. But Charlie LeDuff shows us the other side of Detroit. The areas we are not as familiar with - geographically, socially, politically and historically. A great read for anyone who can relate to and appreciate Detroit .. For both its faults and its "down but not out" attitude. Whether from its recent past or more historical point of view. A well written and insightful work - as it relates to both the city and the people who inhabit it. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2013-07-29
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 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Fantastic! I really enjoyed this view into what has happened to this city. I think it's a warning to the rest of us that this can happen if we let corruption run rampant.
Date published: 2013-06-10
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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“LeDuff explores it all with literary grace and justified indignation about what’s befallen a place he loves.”
      —Minneapolis Star Tribune