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)
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Definitely the top 3. Maybe number 1 for making a difference in my life! I have never rated a book as the "ONE to read"; I would feel uncomfortable making that decision for anyone else. This book, however, is a gift, especially to Americans, from any state. Internationally, others will glimpse a snapshot of the U.S. they never expected.
"The Orphan Master's Son", though it was very different and a work of fiction. The truth's revealed and the impact of the 2 stories are immense. I loved every word of "Detroit" as the author took me to a new, different world, within the very world I live in.
No, but he was perfect for this book.
It was good enough to, but I took breaks just to do the book justice and allow it to sink in. I needed time, occasionally, just to think about the reality of the story.
Very few authors can write non-fiction as engrossing as fiction. Charlie LeDuff is gifted in this rare talent! Really, no matter what you usually read, this book will grip you. I love a fast paced thriller with believable heroes and complex story lines; but "Detroit" was as much a page turner as any of them.
These stories need to be told. Is Detroit a harbinger? Can we find empathy for the people of Detroit? LaDuff is the right guy to tell us these real stories.
Thought it was a good story. Would've appreciated more of the city's history of the good years. Perhaps if we knew more about the tilling and planting of this Great city ..everyone would feel the horror of its rape and terrible struggle to come back from its depression. I will love Detroit forever!!!
This book was eye opening and well researched. I found the political landscape of Detroit downright scary at times, in terms of the amount of waste and scandal. The author paints a vivid picture of Detroit, using his own personal experience to illustrate his points. I found myself shaking my head at some spots, finding it hard to believe that people can get away with this stuff in government. I would have thought that the citizens of Detroit would have put their collective feet down and said "enough."
Before Audible I didn't know who Charlie LeDuff was. I also didn't know just how broken Detroit really was. Completely shattered. This book is a piece of brilliance! The revelation of this decaying city, which was once great as Charlie LeDuff details, is a beautiful heartbreaker.
I reside in North East, MD and know nothing personally of the cold, hard, life in Detroit. After listening to this brilliant artwork I feel I have some small piece of understanding of what it means to survive the wilds of Detroit.
Charlie LeDuff and Eric Martin were brilliant.
I thought Martin did a remarkable job save for only a couple of pronunciation mistakes (Mackinac is pronounced Mack-in-aw).
I couldn't put this down. I live in Lansing, about 90 miles Northwest of Detroit. I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was that bad. Going to Tigers games or Lions games in Foxtown doesn't give you the true view of the city. I think Charlie did a great job of covering some of the worst neighborhoods, including those not officially in the city, but just as bad (Downriver).
Charlie has a very interesting story to tell in this book and it could have been anyone from the City..... EVERYONE from the Detroit area has a story like this and if you're from here, you will be able to relate. If you're not from here, you will still love it. The book gives a 100% accurate description of our City. God Bless The City Of Detroit.
well performed, it showed a new light on something that I thought had happened, and wove vignettes into a carpet ride through the declining fall of a once great city. Bravo, Mr. LeDuff.
Living near Detroit, I watched this calamity unfold. Many of the details were unknown to me, and I enjoyed the story. HOWEVER... It seemed like the book came to an abrupt end and left me wanting more. I hope Charlie has a sequel in the works.
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