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4.0 out of 5 stars Another adventure, 4 April 2013
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Considering that this writer already has managed to write one epic adventure (multiple actually) in US GUYS, this is not that bad. Great writing style, overarching storylines and just a blast to read. For a european this is a must read if you want to know things inherently USA.

This book is not just about the Boom and Bust of motorcity DETROIT but everyone in it. Individual storylines that really suck you in. Firefighters having to do with pretty rundown equipment, with devastating results when trying to put out a blaze. Corruption on a scale so grand there is simply no coparison. Politicians taking on 7th graders in debates and visa versa. Family deaths, family feuds you name it.

Just like Leduffs previous works it consists of short stories, that all overarch in the grand scheme of things.

Definite recommendation to basically anyone who likes reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like a folksy chat in a bar, 11 Oct. 2013
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Being one of those odd types who are fascinated by urban decay, this was a must read for me. I was familiar with LeDuff through his video clips for Fox TV that can be found on Youtube, so did not anticipate a book written in classical prose. He's whole demeanour is that of someone brought up in the gritty environs of Detroit. Hard drinking, hard smoking, and using a vernacular so American, the book could really do with a glossary for Europeans. Through his anecdotes, he paints a very vivid picture of what goes on in a barely functioning city, although one does wonder if things haven't been a little embroidered here and there. It would not be the first time he has been accused of such in his career.

A dry historical analysis of Detroit is never going to give the best account, and I welcomed the view through his personal perspective, which struck me as pretty well sorted. He does not, for example, skate around the race issue just to remain "politically correct". He speaks as he finds. This was a book I didn't to put down until I'd finished, which did not take long. It's not a hefty tome. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit, 15 July 2014
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This book is a great read. Each chapter is just the right length you always want to read on that bit longer and LeDuff's writing style is very fluent.

I was fascinated with the urban decay of Detroit and this book provided the insight to the daily lives of people living there. From the firemen with no screen doors to the corrupt politicians accepting bribes and even to LeDuff's sister and niece.

LeDuff's niece offers to come over and babysit but he refuses the offer as he reckons she'll just move in and drink all his liquor and eat his food then leave weeks later. Little side-stories like this build a picture of a broken, down-on-their-luck Detroit population hoping for a better future.

The only city in America to be occupied by the army three times...read this book to find out why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit: An American Autopsy, 28 April 2014
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This book explores the death of the American dream and the rot that set in with the virtual annihilation of the the local economy and the American car manufacturing industry. A city is stripped of its economy and the majority of the people letting the moral compass spin as crime becomes the norm and the arsonists work in hand with the fire department.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 stars out of 5, 23 Nov. 2014
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If I could give this six stars I would. It's funny, engaging and heartbreaking in equal measures. The writing is slick, crisp and utterly entertaining. Thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my husband for his book club requirements, ..., 26 Sept. 2014
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Purchased for my husband for his book club requirements, so cannot comment on the book myself as he hasn't had to read it yet.
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