Detroit: An American Autopsy

Detroit: An American Autopsy


By (author) Charlie LeDuff

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 287 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 30mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 28 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0143124463
  • ISBN 13: 9780143124467
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 62,242

Product description

An explosive expose 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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Author information

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.