Detroit: An American Autopsy

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Penguin, Feb 7, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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An explosive exposť of America’s lost prosperity—from Pulitzer Prize≠–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff

Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family’s troubled past. Having led us on the way up, Detroit now seems to be leading us on the way down. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation’s poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age—mass-production, blue-collar jobs, and automobiles—Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosures. 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 beats on the doors of union bosses and homeless squatters, powerful businessmen and struggling homeowners and the ordinary people holding the city together by sheer determination. Detroit: An American Autopsy 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.

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User Review  - kimberwolf - LibraryThing

In Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff -- a Detroit native who left for 20 or so years to travel, get a journalism degree, and work at respected newspapers on both coasts, before returning to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon.Flesher - LibraryThing

Detroit, LeDuff tells us over and over again, is a hellhole. He writes of his childhood on Joy Road in Livonia, a near suburb of Detroit. And the road name is basically the only joy in the book ... Read full review



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Charlie LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, formerly at the New York Times and the Detroit News, and currently on Detroit’s Fox 2 News. He is the author of US Guys and Work and Other Sins. He lives near Detroit.