- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
Detroit: An American Autopsy Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"LeDuff returns, by the books end, to the bar where his sister was last seen, only to find it unrecognizable. A black man outside explains the changes. 'they trying to put something nice up' in this hellhole he says, speaking of the bar specifically, though his words spread across the city and pay tribute, in equal measure, to its dreamers, its pessimists and to those, resigned and wrung out, who love it despite all. 'Can't say it's working. But what you gonna do? You ain't gonna be reincarnated, so you got to do the best you can with the moment you got. Do the best you can and try to be good.' LeDuff has done his best, and his book is better than good."
--Paul Clemens, New York Times Book Review
--The Wall Street Journal "Pultizer-Prize-winning journalist LeDuff (Work and Other Sins) delivers an edgy portrait of the decline, destruction, and possible redemption of his hometown...LeDuff writes with honesty and compassion about a city that's destroying itself-and breaking his heart."
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "A book full of both literary grace and hard-won world-weariness.... Iggy Pop meets Jim Carroll and Charles Bukowski"
--Kirkus "This is our pick for a sleeper nonfiction hit next year. Charlie LeDuff is a remarkable journalist, and this book is filled with incredible writing as he witnesses his home city crumble through neglect and corruption."
--Huffington Post "What to do when you're a reporter and your native city is rotting away? If you're LeDuff, you leave The New York Times and head into the wreckage to ride with firemen, hang with the corrupt pols, and retrace your own family's sad steps through drugs. Others have written well about the city, but none with the visceral anger, the hair-tearing frustration, and the hungry humanity of LeDuff."
--Newsweek "You wouldn't think a book about the stinking decay of the American dream could be this engaging, this irreverent, this laugh-at-loud funny. But not everyone can write like Charlie LeDuff. I'm tempted to say he's the writer for our desperate times the way Steinbeck and Orwell were for other people's desperate times, except he's such an original he's like no one but himself."
--Alexandra Fuller, author of Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness and Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight "Charlie LeDuff is a drunkard, a blowhard, a Fox News Reporter -- and a brilliant writer. Detroit is full of righteous anger and heartbreaking details. It's also funny as hell. Hunter S. Thompson would've loved every page of this book."
--Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness "In Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff brings alive the reality of our beloved city. The city where I was shot at eight times during my twenty six year police career. Yet, Detroit has survived in spite of corruption, political ineptness, poor education, and decades of unemployment. Detroit: An American Autopsy is a must read for all of America."
--Detroit Police Chief Ike McKinnon (retired); Associate Professor of Education, University of Detroit Mercy --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Look for similar items by category