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In the heart of America a metropolis is uietly 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 A city the size of San Francisco and Manhattan could neatly fit into Detroit’s vacant lots In another life Charlie LeDuff won the Pulitzer Prize reporting for The New York Times But all that is behind him now after returning to find his hometown in total freefall Detroit is where his mother’s flower shop was firebombed; where his sister lost herself to drugs; where his brother works in a f. It s sad how accurate this book is Charlie LeDuff isn t just from Detroit he s an insider His revelations about many of the stories I heard about on the local news are scary and completely believable My only criticism of the book if I had to give one is not LeDuff s failure to recognize the good parts about Detroit really that s not the focus of the book but rather the unwritten implication that the white suburbs stand uietly by not suffering from what s happened to Detroit In reality we re all suffering in the middle class suburbs I don t know anyone including me who isn t somehow tied into the auto industry Detroit s tentacles creep through every bit of Michigan and when the auto industry collapsed the suburbs slowly followed By comparison with Detroit my own living conditions are luxurious But only by comparison I make less money now than when I graduated from college and I still have a student loan or two lurking Our house is worth 150k less than when we bought it Every time we go to dinner at a favorite restaurant we find it closed The crime is growing 10 years ago ours was a safe neighborhood Now the bank down the street our bank has been held up three times in the last 3 years We have four foreclosed empty houses on our street and the banks don t maintain them In the summer the grass at the house across the street reaches the windows We take turns mowing the lawn ourselves Don t get me wrong it s paradise compared to the conditions in the wilds of Detroit It s the American dream for many living below 8 Mile by the way I grew up at 8 and Gratiot in East Detroitnow called East Pointe as if the name change is fooling anyone but ALL of Michigan is sufferingDetroit is slowly taking over The white suburbs aren t standing by watchingthe suburbs are going down with the ship On this trajectory pretty soon we ll all be FlintI hear the Recession is over I ve heard Detroit is bouncing back I think that s media spin Honestly we were the first in the hole and we ll be the last out I don t see it getting better here yet just like I don t see Detroit bouncing back simply because they did some restoration for hosting the Superbowl in 2006 ie sweeping the crap under the rugor because a few streets around the casinos have been resurfaced I m glad Charlie didn t try to imply that it is He s told it like it isThe book is very well written I expected nothing less of a Pulitzer prize winner Detroiters should be proud to call Charlie one of our own Though he is no longer with the Detroit News as he was during most of the book he is a prominent figure as an investigative reporter for Fox2 News I ve given up TV for a year 9 months inreally looking forward to watching the news again and seeing Charlie keeping it real and sticking it to the dirty politicians in May Hers to Protect years ago ours was a safe neighborhood Now the bank down the street our bank has been held up three times in the last 3 Her Small-Town Hero years We have four foreclosed empty houses on our street and the banks don t maintain them In the summer the grass at the house across the street reaches the windows We take turns mowing the lawn ourselves Don t get me wrong it s paradise compared to the conditions in the wilds of Detroit It s the American dream for many living below 8 Mile by the way I grew up at 8 and Gratiot in East Detroitnow called East Pointe as if the name change is fooling anyone but ALL of Michigan is sufferingDetroit is slowly taking over The white suburbs aren t standing by watchingthe suburbs are going down with the ship On this trajectory pretty soon we ll all be FlintI hear the Recession is over I ve heard Detroit is bouncing back I think that s media spin Honestly we were the first in the hole and we ll be the last out I don t see it getting better here Red Tail (Travis Trilogy yet just like I don t see Detroit bouncing back simply because they did some restoration for hosting the Superbowl in 2006 ie sweeping the crap under the rugor because a few streets around the casinos have been resurfaced I m glad Charlie didn t try to imply that it is He s told it like it isThe book is very well written I expected nothing less of a Pulitzer prize winner Detroiters should be proud to call Charlie one of our own Though he is no longer with the Detroit News as he was during most of the book he is a prominent figure as an investigative reporter for Fox2 News I ve given up TV for a Promises in Tumble Creek year 9 months inreally looking forward to watching the news again and seeing Charlie keeping it real and sticking it to the dirty politicians in May

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For decades that Detroit was an exception an outlier What LeDuff reveals is that Detroit is once and for all America’s city It led us on the way up and now it is leading us on the way down Detroit can no longer be ignored because what happened there is happening out here Redemption is thin on the ground in this ghost of a city but Detroit An American Autopsy is no hopeless parable Instead LeDuff shares a deeply human drama of colossal greed ignorance endurance and courage Detroit 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 and a black comic tale of the absurdity of American life in the twenty first centur. Intrigued by the beginning but thinking it could really go either way with this one by the time I reach the end the stories are always interesting but the journalistic machismo is getting distracting

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Actory cleaning Chinese manufactured screws so they can be repackaged as “Made in America” 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 embeds with a local fire brigade struggling to defend its neighborhood against systemic arson and bureaucratic corruption He investigates state senators and career police officials following the money to discover who benefits from Detroit’s decline He befriends union organizers homeless do gooders embattled businessmen and struggling homeowners all ordinary people holding the city together by sheer determination Americans have hoped. I am a native Detroiter who is still loyal to the city hoping it will again be a place where families can live a decent life in a cultural metropolitan city I picked up this book hoping for some answers on what happened to Detroit After all an autopsy promises some answers a beginning to unraveling a mystery of what happenedYou won t find any of that in this book The author lays down some anecdotal stories which while interesting weren t very fulfilling At this point we all know Detroit is rife with corruption that its politicians have been stealing from the city s citizens that Detroit s police and fire departments are struggling I wanted to learn how it got that way where it started who started this downward spiral Most of all I wanted to see some hope that Detroit could come back at least to the place it was when I was growing up A place you would shop and attend plays and venture out to eat at new restaurants with other families doing the same thingYou ll finish this book thinking Detroit may as well give up that someone should just come in and raze everything There s no discourse on Detroit s history the great neighborhoods the spirit of the people of Detroit the things that make the city have value and a reason for being Why are so many people fond of Detroit if this is all there is If you re from Detroit you know these things exist if you re not this book will just support the pervasive thinking that Detroit is nothing than a bombed out war zoneSo keep your money don t buy this book The author while his heart is certainly in the right place went for a superficial collection of sensational stories tales to tell your friends at the bar and threw in some personal asides about his family s history what these had to do with Detroit I couldn t figure out This book was somewhat entertaining but not the story it s title implies Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, you would shop and attend plays and venture out to eat at new restaurants with other families doing the same thingYou ll finish this book thinking Detroit may as well give up that someone should just come in and raze everything There s no discourse on Detroit s history the great neighborhoods the spirit of the people of Detroit the things that make the city have value and a reason for being Why are so many people fond of Detroit if this is all there is If Her Husbands Christmas Bargain you re from Detroit The Geography of Witchcraft you know these things exist if Hold On To Me you re not this book will just support the pervasive thinking that Detroit is nothing than a bombed out war zoneSo keep Copping It Sweet (Murphys Law your money don t buy this book The author while his heart is certainly in the right place went for a superficial collection of sensational stories tales to tell Ill Be Yours for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze, your friends at the bar and threw in some personal asides about his family s history what these had to do with Detroit I couldn t figure out This book was somewhat entertaining but not the story it s title implies

  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Detroit An American Autopsy
  • Charlie LeDuff
  • English
  • 09 October 2019
  • 9781594205347

About the Author: Charlie LeDuff

Charlie LeDuff is a writer filmmaker and a multimedia reporter for The Detroit News He is a former national correspondent for The New York TimesHe covered the war in Ira crossed the desert with a group of migrant Mexicans and worked inside a North Carolina slaughterhouse as part of The Times series “How Race Is Lived in America” which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for National Reportin



10 thoughts on “Detroit An American Autopsy

  1. says:

    It was a cold morning; the fog had settled in low over the city and the mood on the street was grim as always I'd just finished reading the daily rag and was throwing it in the trash when there was a knock at my doorDetective there's athere's a BOOK here to see you It says its name is Detroit An American AutopsyChrist Send it in Dolly and kee

  2. says:

    It's sad how accurate this book is Charlie LeDuff isn't just from Detroit he's an insider His revelations about many of the stories I heard about on the local news are scary and completely believable My only criticism of the book if I had to give one is not LeDuff's failure to recognize the good parts about Detroit really

  3. says:

    WHAT AN EYE OPENER THAT READS LIKE A HORROR STORYWhew So much corruption at all levels of government local State and even Wayne County

  4. says:

    The city what's left of it burns night after night Nature in the form of pheasants hawks foxes coyotes and wild dogs had stepped in to fill the vacuum reclaiming a little of the landscape each daylike living in Pompeii except the people weren't covered in ash We were aliveIn Detroit An American Autopsy Charlie LeDuff pr

  5. says:

    I am a native Detroiter who is still loyal to the city hoping it will again be a place where families can live a decent life in a cultural metropolitan city I picked up this book hoping for some answers on what happened to Detroit After all an

  6. says:

    Charlie is a friend but I say this regardless of that I enjoyed this book immensely I read it in bed at night and it made me want to stay up and read Now that may be because I know these stories and live in Detroit and know LeDuff but I think it's also because it's a good read It's not stifling academic lecturing It's down in the gu

  7. says:

    This is a well written and well researched book that is nevertheless depressing as hellIt’s about Detroit and what a shithole it is written by a native Detroiter who came home after years to find it worse than when he leftJournalist Charlie LeDuff’s 2013 novel is about going back to Detroit and describing how this failing American metropolis could be a microcosm of what is wrong with our country as well as the world economy Painting wi

  8. says:

    Intrigued by the beginning but thinking it could really go either way with this one by the time I reach the end the stories are always interesting but the journalistic machismo is getting distracting

  9. says:

    This is a powerful book so real as to be too much so at points Author Charlie LeDuff is unflinching in his portrayal of two stories his own and that of his hometown Detroit to which he returns at mid career While LeDuff's life story is intrig

  10. says:

    This was a great book that I couldn't put down as much as you can say a book about a destroyed city is great Wh

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