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Detroit: An American Autopsy

by Charlie LeDuff





BOOK 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.


 10/7 Book Club Discussion at Peter White Public Library 7:00 p.m.

MOVIE: Burn (2012) - a documentary about the Detroit Fire Department. In the new Jamrich auditorium, Room 1100.  7:00 p.m.

 10/22  Book Club Discussion at Snowbound 7:30 p.m.
10/29  Motor City Music Night - Music and Dancing in PWPL's Community Room,7:00-8:00 p.m.
 11/10  What's in Store for Detroit? A Conversation with Glenn Stevens, Carter Wilson, and Mary Zatina.  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in NMU's Brule Room (in the UC)
  11/12  AUTHOR VISIT with Charlie LeDuff -Talk, with Q&A, book signing to follow. 7:00 p.m. in NMU's Great Lakes Rooms


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ISBN: 9781250037756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador USA - September 24th, 2013