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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Updated edition with a New Preface edition (27 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691162557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691162553
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Winner of the 1998 Bancroft Prize in American History

Winner of the 1997 Philip Taft Prize in Labor History

Winner of the 1996 President's Book Award, Social Science History Association

Winner of the 1997 Best Book in North American Urban History Award, Urban History Association

One of "Choice's" Outstanding Academic Titles for 1997


Winner of the 1998 Bancroft Prize in American History
Winner of the 1997 Philip Taft Prize in Labor History
Winner of the 1996 President's Book Award, Social Science History Association
Winner of the 1997 Best Book in North American Urban History Award, Urban History Association
One of "Choice's" Outstanding Academic Titles for 1997

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "[Sugrue's] disciplined historical engagement with a complex, often inglorious, past offers a compelling model for understanding how race and the Rust Belt converged to create the current impasse."--America

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "A splendid book that does no less than transform our understanding of United States history after 1940."--Labor History

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "[A] first-rate account . . . . With insight and elegance, Sugrue describes the street-by-street warfare to maintain housing values against the perceived encroachment of blacks trying desperately to escape the underbuilt and overcrowded slums."--Choice

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "Perhaps by offering a clearer picture of how the urban crisis began, Sugrue brings us a bit closer to finding a way to end it."--In These Times

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "[T]he most interesting, informative, and provocative book on modern Detroit."--Detroit Free Press

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "Superbly researched and engagingly written."--Reviews in American History

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: "[A] devastating critique of the currently fashionable 'culture of poverty' thesis. Must reading for anyone concerned about the current urban crisis."--Jacqueline Jones, Lingua Franca

Winner of the 1998 Bancroft Prize in American History

Winner of the 1997 Philip Taft Prize in Labor History

Winner of the 1996 President's Book Award, Social Science History Association

Winner of the 1997 Best Book in North American Urban History Award, Urban History Association

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1997

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: -[Sugrue's] disciplined historical engagement with a complex, often inglorious, past offers a compelling model for understanding how race and the Rust Belt converged to create the current impasse.---America

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: -A splendid book that does no less than transform our understanding of United States history after 1940.---Labor History

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: -[A] first-rate account . . . . With insight and elegance, Sugrue describes the street-by-street warfare to maintain housing values against the perceived encroachment of blacks trying desperately to escape the underbuilt and overcrowded slums.---Choice

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: -Perhaps by offering a clearer picture of how the urban crisis began, Sugrue brings us a bit closer to finding a way to end it.---In These Times

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: -[T]he most interesting, informative, and provocative book on modern Detroit.---Detroit Free Press

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: -Superbly researched and engagingly written.---Reviews in American History

Praise for Princeton's previous edition: -[A] devastating critique of the currently fashionable 'culture of poverty' thesis. Must reading for anyone concerned about the current urban crisis.---Jacqueline Jones, Lingua Franca

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"This superb study offers a richly detailed account of the rise and fall of twentieth-century Detroit.... Must reading for ... everyone concerned about the current urban crisis."--Jacqueline Jones, author of The Dispossessed: America's Underclass from the Civil War to the Present


"Sugrue's incredibly rich, nuanced, multilayered account of the transformation of Detroit provides the historical perspective missing in virtually all accounts of the crisis ravaging today's inner cities."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class


--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Sugrue's thoroughly researched and documented history of racial segregation in Detroit is an essential tool for anyone working on behalf of America's cities. Detailed GIS maps show the razor sharp lines that have divided the city decade after decade in what is still the most racially segregated metropolitan statistical area of over 1 million people in the United States and the only one to get worse over the past 20 years. Sugrue does a good job of examining how racism distorts free market economics. As a result, free market approaches, critical to urban recapitalization, have received a much more cautious acceptance in Detroit than in many other cities that are coming back, such as Cleveland, Baltimore and Portland. David Dworkin Director Fannie Mae Detroit Partnership Office
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great information, but... 4 April 2017
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It often seemed repetitive and disorganized. If it were not for these minor shortcomings, it would deserve five stars. As stated, the information is terrific, especially for a lifelong Michigander such as myself. It reveals the underlying and fundamental issues that have plagued Detroit for nearly a century. Sugrue does so through the corporate, economic, societal, racial, organizational, religious, and governmental roles. All of his facts and statistics are cited extensively. In short, if you are interested in such topics, The Origins of Urban Crisis is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading 20 Feb. 2017
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On of the most important books ever written on the meaning/ consequence/effects of racial discrimination and class discrimination. Also one of the best books ever written on Detroit for those who truly want to understand 'how we got here'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detroit Crisis in Depth 13 Jun. 2014
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Thomas Sugrue has written a deeply researched and readable in-depth picture of the Detroit crisis. He goes way beyond the daily headlines to examine the long term causes of the fall of a great American city. If you have an interest in this subject you probably have unrelated information in your brain about urban racial issues, rust belt cities, real state and development issues, job training and politics. What Sugrue does is reveal the relationships among all these subjects and how they have combined to gut Detroit and other cities.
The author has a political POV but it is easy to see and does not detract from the overall story which relies on solid research and analysis. Read this if you care about Detroit and the urban crisis in America.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 12 Mar. 2017
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Impressive documentation, and most revealing, thorough.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not so much. 5 April 2017
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I almost never not finish a book, even one that I am not fond of, but this one was too much. It as repetitive and seemed nothing more than stats, over and over without enough human interest stories. I recently read another book on Detroit that was quite interesting.
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