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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"Full of both literary grace and hard-won world-weariness...Iggy Pop meets Jim Carroll and Charles Bukowski." (Kirkus)
melodramatic, fake deep, and frequently sexist
almost vignettes about the city rather than any cohesive analysis or broader narrative- he's into showing you how gritty everything (including himself) is, and the detective noir voice gets annoying. His writing is sometimes trite to the point of near satire, but that's what you get from journalists. (like a dark Mitch albom). His personal revelations and life are a big "so what?".
he's right about the systemic corruption and the city though. I appreciate his resentment towards the white, suburban, arts and culture urban farming types, who get real old on the morning radio here.
Hard to believe
Brings the people of Detroit to life.
Hard to believe this is being allowed to go on in the U. S. Charlie LeDuff tells the story of this sad city and it's people in a way that makes it hard to stop listening.
I grew up in Dearborn. Living in a city that boarders Detroit, but never going into Detroit unless there was good reason, I never knew the city. I left after high school graduation and never really looked back. This is a great book. I wasn't sure what it would be. Yes, it is about Detroit, but it is about the poor and unnoticed and unacknowledged everywhere. It is about corruption and how it hurts everyone. And it is told in an enthralling voice. This is the the dirty real life of the big city.
The book tells a tale of economic strike and ultimate decay of a city. Detroit, once a bustling manufacturing town producing such products as cars, refrigerators, stoves and household goods, now a shell. The corruption from major political figures put Detroit in an economic nosedive that even the 2010 bailout by President Obama couldn't save the city. Detroit remains a crumbling empty dessert of vacant lots, shuttered factories and abandoned homes.
Removing from library. I love most of my Audible books, I just couldn't handle so much profanity.
Started out better than it ended. I enjoyed the historical parts and wished some aspects would have been in more depth instead of delving into side stories. Overall a depressing story of not only Detroit but America. We have wandered away from the truth and living for others.
A memoir of bitter loss. The honesty of the author in his vignettes of the modern-day ruin that is Detroit makes me feel like i am at the campfire with him, but be advised, the flames are coming from the once prosperous city that was his home.
Open, clear, detailed, and even more painful than I expected. This is a story everyone should hear, and LeDuff tells it brilliantly. I often disagreed with his thoughts on why or how, but his ability to convey what and where is impressive. By the end, you start to see that all of the threads were intertwined, and because he makes you care about each piece, all of the people involved, the final complex weave is both poignant and overwhelming. Also, Eric Martin brings the narration to life. I'll be looking for other work he's read as well.
Too much fluff and attempted drama
The whole thing.
The subject deserves a much better book and reading
I have many books, this one is ranked at the bottom of the list.
Very well written! Allows the audience to understand Detroit thru the lives of its citizens. Not strictly a historical account so it is engrossing and easy to listen to.
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