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a book to enjoy and share
on 9 May 2014
The Last Days of Detroit
The recent fate of Detroit is like a Rorschach inkblot test for commentators. The arty books of eerie post apocalypse cityscapes, the decline of the manufacturing in the West as the big three car manufacturers are brought low. The ineptitude of successive local and national administrations failing to address the issues, white flight to the suburbs, the black home of Motown over-run by crime and urban blight.
Mark Binelli is a writer for Rolling Stone and grew up in Detroit in the seventies. He approaches the subject of Detroit with a friendly indulgent eye, pulling together stories, incidents and characters in the polished style of an entertaining magazine feature writer. It is to his credit that he avoids naming and shaming the usual suspects, for the most part he can see the good in people and where they are coming from.
Despite the downbeat, post apocalypse subject matter, the book refuses to wallow in gloom, people are resilient, there is always hope. I particularly enjoyed his sceptical look at the renaissance of urban farms, covered by the entire world’s media, but no one wants to help, nor even to bother the sole determined urban farmer. The Kindle version is well put together, no obvious typos or formatting issues.
The insightful and engaging pace falters slightly with a flabby last section, but overall this is such a good book, it is tempting to buy a copy just to leave it lying around for others to read. A book to enjoy and share.