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)
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.
Listening to this audiobook makes me wonder how anyone can live with such a dark perspective about everything. Detroit certainly has more than its share of tragedy and issues, but there is something positive to report, as well. LeDuff is a bottom-dweller who sees only the worst in humanity. This book is draining to listen to.
Gripping, Sad, Insightful
Some say it is only about his family but they are just a part of the bigger picture, please give this book a try you will be surprised. I found myself looking at other media to find the people he was talking about, to see the whole story, what a crazy town.
Would I listen to it again? Probably not. It was definitely a worthy book to listen to, don't get me wrong. I just lived though much of the Coleman Young, Kwame, Emergency Manager time and had heard much of what happened on the local news. Charlie's book though, brought a new perspective to what happened and although I enjoyed it a lot, I doubt that I'd listen to it again...but I don't listen or read many books more than once.
No idea, but if you know of any like Detroit that cover different times in the city's history that are a good read/listen, I'd definitely be open to listening to those as well!
No, I haven't, but I thought he did a good job narrating. The various voices that he used for the different characters led to easily being able to picture them. Knowing who many of the players in Detroit were, I thought they were spot on. I'd listen to more of hos work without hesitation.
Yes and no (mostly yes). Yes because it was interesting getting more of an insiders view of many of the more recent going ons in Detroit. It was also nice learning about the history of Detroit. Charlie's own family story was interwoven into the book as well and offered another side to the book. No because-WOW! It's so damn depressing how messed up everything has gotten to be in Detroit. Being from the D though, overall, I really enjoyed listening and could have easily and happily listened to it in one day.
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