Detroit: An American Autopsy Hardcover – Feb 12 2013
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—Paul Clemens, New York Times Book Review
"One cannot read Mr. LeDuff's amalgam of memoir and reportage and not be shaken by the cold eye he casts on hard truths... A little gonzo, a little gumshoe, some gawker, some good-Samaritan—it is hard to ignore reporting like Mr. LeDuff's."
—The Wall Street Journal
“Pultizer-Prize-winning journalist LeDuff (Work and Other Sins) delivers an edgy portrait of the decline, destruction, and possible redemption of his hometown…LeDuff writes with honesty and compassion about a city that’s destroying itself–and breaking his heart.”
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“A book full of both literary grace and hard-won world-weariness…. Iggy Pop meets Jim Carroll and Charles Bukowski”
“This is our pick for a sleeper nonfiction hit next year. Charlie LeDuff is a remarkable journalist, and this book is filled with incredible writing as he witnesses his home city crumble through neglect and corruption.”
“What to do when you’re a reporter and your native city is rotting away? If you’re LeDuff, you leave The New York Times and head into the wreckage to ride with firemen, hang with the corrupt pols, and retrace your own family’s sad steps through drugs. Others have written well about the city, but none with the visceral anger, the hair-tearing frustration, and the hungry humanity of LeDuff.”
Advance Praise for Detroit:
"You wouldn't think a book about the stinking decay of the American dream could be this engaging, this irreverent, this laugh-at-loud funny. But not everyone can write like Charlie LeDuff. I'm tempted to say he's the writer for our desperate times the way Steinbeck and Orwell were for other people's desperate times, except he's such an original he's like no one but himself."
—Alexandra Fuller, author of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight
"Charlie LeDuff is a drunkard, a blowhard, a Fox News Reporter -- and a brilliant writer. Detroit is full of righteous anger and heartbreaking details. It's also funny as hell. Hunter S. Thompson would've loved every page of this book."
—Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness
"In Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff brings alive the reality of our beloved city. The city where I was shot at eight times during my twenty six year police career. Yet, Detroit has survived in spite of corruption, political ineptness, poor education, and decades of unemployment. Detroit: An American Autopsy is a must read for all of America."
—Detroit Police Chief Ike McKinnon (retired); Associate Professor of Education, University of Detroit Mercy
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Curiously, the death of the middle class in the U.S. has been so little documented in books such as this one or in film, or television (with the exception of “The Wire”.) The loss of good paying jobs in Detroit and around the country has left huge pockets of population without meaningful employment. Statistics would support this book as documenting a case study of life experienced by the dislocated and disoriented throughout the U.S.A. and not just a series of problems unique to the history and environs of Detroit. Too bad there aren't more.
As to the prose, it is top notch. I have never felt so pulled along by any book as I've been with Detroit. LeDuff simply has a way with words that is truly rare and it's no wonder he's won so many accolades and awards!
If you want to see what may well be a foretelling of what can befall any of our great cities, you owe it to yourself to read Detroit.
How many other cities in the US or parts of them are in as bad a shape as Detroit. It seems that politicians at all levels fiddle while cities burn.
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Sad book in a way but so real. Leduff really captures detroit and it's fall. He also explains it's downfall so well. No fancy words. It reads like he is talking to you directly. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2013 by Mike
Those two words don't often go well together - gritty and prosaic. But with 'Detroit: An American Autopsy,' they merge easily into a very entertaining and important work of... Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2013 by Richard