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    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 Autopsy

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    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 a

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    WHAT AN EYE OPENER THAT READS LIKE A HORROR STORYWhew So much corruption at all levels of government local State and even Wayne County? I am shocked Having grown up in a suburb of Detroit and hearing of some of the corruption and hard times via

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    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 presents a street level view of Detroit The book is less a history of the causes of Detroit'

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    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

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    Charlie is a friend but I say this regardless of that I enjoyed this book immensely I read it in bed at night and

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    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 metro

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    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 alway

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    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 intriguing the tale of the Motor City is almost too fantastic to believe and it's in this gritty

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    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 What makes it great is the journalist author Charlie LeDuff who is from Detroit and has lost several family members to terrible situations there This makes it different from a detached paid to experience book that most jour

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review Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Charlie LeDuff

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 Detroit An PDFEPUBFrancisco 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 wo. 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

review Detroit An American Autopsy

Detroit An American Autopsy

Rks in a factory 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 ho. 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 presents a street level view of Detroit The book is less a history of the causes of Detroit s decline than it is an anecdotal look at what the decline means for those still living in the city It is as LeDuff describes it a near dystopian place Perhaps as much as any city in the States Detroit is a victim of de industrialization The town was once a place of economic opportunity for both white and black families relocating from other parts of the country to work in its factories Once these well paying blue collar jobs left there was little to fill the void During the boom times the city s black residents could find work but blacks were consigned to live in cramped and rat infested neighborhoods Detroit experienced severe race violence in 1967 Following this whites would begin their rapid exodus to the suburbs leaving behind their homes and taking their factories and their jobs and their tax dollars with them to places like Warren As the tax base deteriorated so too did the schools police and fire departments With over 62000 vacant homes arson is a form of entertainment or insurance scam for absentee owners Attempts to demolish abandoned properties and eliminate blight become mired in city politics and corruption LeDuff finds a few glimmers of hope He finds police and firemen still striving struggling with worn out or non existent euipment Parents are fighting to keep their children safe in a city plagued by random violence One can only hope for a way out and a brighter future for Detroit and its people

review Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Charlie LeDuff

Ped 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 century.. 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 with a sympathetic but damning brush LeDuff shows off his city in brutal reality rampant corruption staggering debt and infrastructure that is implodingLeDuff makes brief mention of the good of the city and spends almost all of his time describing all that is bad To his credit and making this book much the better LeDuff is not just an aloof reporter chronicling a tough city going through a tough time decades but his camera is aimed at the portrait his is an eye that focuses on the individuals and the families that make Detroit what it was it is and maybe what it can beWhat makes this work is that LeDuff is from Detroit and he is talking about his city In many asides and sub plots we learn about Charlie and his family and their proximity to and resonance with Detroit adds another element to this tragedy and makes it a far better and credible book than it would be otherwiseRaceThe most pervasive and incendiary aspect of this book and it seems of Detroit itself is the issue of race and nowhere is this evident than in Le Duff himself In describing his family we learn that his own family had been a colorful mix of black and white and Native American finally coalescing into an ancestor taking the ethnic nickname of Frenchie and thus getting a coveted W on his official papers instead of the earlier labels N for negro and M for mulattoLe Duff s exhaustive and illustrative discussion of this element made me think of Nazi Germany and that regime s fastidious distinctions about ethnicity and racial purity What the hell difference does it make Especially among Americans are we not the great melting pot Are not we supposed to be the people that moved beyond race and the color of skin According to LeDuff in Detroit at least race is still what it s all aboutJournalism with a heart and soul LeDuff has given us a glimpse into this once great city