An American Autopsy

Book - 2013
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An expose of Detroit, icon of America's lost prosperity, from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff. Back in his broken hometown, LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family's, and his own. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation's poorest. It is an eerie and angry place of deserted factories and abandoned homes and forgotten people. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city, and shares 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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781594205347
Branch Call Number: 977.434 LED
Characteristics: xvi, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Mar 10, 2017

An autopsy of a city this is not, the story of a man reconnecting with his family and his roots in the city, this it is. And in that respect, this is actually a good book, he writes engagingly and tells good stories, personal stories of his family and those he meets as a journalist. Not what I was aiming to read nor a type of book I would have been interested in should it have been obvious what its real content.

Feb 22, 2016

Just check it out....will open your eyes........

Feb 17, 2016

I did find it to be an interesting read even though I did find the author to have a bit of an inflated ego.

eevioo Jun 12, 2015

Fascinating read

Apr 19, 2015

An excellent book that opens your eyes to things that are not in the main stream media. Very well written, couldn't put it down.

Mar 06, 2015

An absolutely devastating expose of the corruption, greed, crime and sometimes hopelessness of life in modern Detroit. At times almost too depressing to read and believe that things are that bad but the author gives some humourous stories and some examples of hope. It is capitalism at its worst and makes me glad I live here. It should be read as a warning to what can happen to a city.

Rcabral Oct 14, 2014

A glimpse into the reality that is the decay of the once great Motor City. Well written, engaging and most of all heart wrenching.

Mar 04, 2014

A really enjoyable read..Charlie's narrative keeps to glued to the pages. The only downside was the small bit where he delves into his family history which I found somewhat jarring.

JimV Sep 22, 2013

The cover tells you everything you need to know about this book - the author posing as "working class hero." An excellent read if you're interested in the ego and pretensions of Charlie LeDuff. If you want an analysis of Detroit's slide into ruin, not so much.

Sep 16, 2013

Couldn't put book down, a definite page turner. Very sad...

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