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An explosive exposé 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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June 5th, 2015
Such a good read . it is so sad that such a great city is in such a sad shape and no one cares, to do something There are so many Wonderful people and places within Detroit.
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Detriot - An American Autopsy
July 20th, 2014
-First hand account by a native son who writes about the waste within Detroit. How the human condition deteriorated to the point that basic human concerns for others is abandoned. Good read.
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October 4th, 2013
A terrific and compelling read by former New York Times staff writer Charlie LeDuff, who moves back to Detroit in 2010 and writes about the myriad characters who make up the underside of this once great American city. With his keen eye, LeDuff takes you into the centre of the action--cops, crooks, hustlers, hard scrabble folk--he writes with an intensity, honesty, and humour. He goes beyond the cliches and "blame game" and tells us real stories about real people, including himself. Reads like a cross between Elmore Leonard meets Malcolm Gladwell. Highly recommended
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Powerful and revealing
July 29th, 2013
Living across the river in Windsor, we assume we know Detroit. And to some degree, we do. Friends and family from outside the area have their preconceived notions of what Detroit is. We laugh, and dismiss them to some degree, choosing to educate them as to what a great city Detroit is. And it is. But Charlie LeDuff shows us the other side of Detroit. The areas we are not as familiar with - geographically, socially, politically and historically. A great read for anyone who can relate to and appreciate Detroit .. For both its faults and its "down but not out" attitude. Whether from its recent past or more historical point of view. A well written and insightful work - as it relates to both the city and the people who inhabit it. You won't be disappointed.
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June 10th, 2013
Fantastic! I really enjoyed this view into what has happened to this city. I think it's a warning to the rest of us that this can happen if we let corruption run rampant.
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