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  • Author: Alexandr
  • Date: 11-12-2013, 22:43
11-12-2013, 22:43

Detroit: An American Autopsy


Detroit: An American Autopsy

Detroit: An American Autopsy
English | 7 hrs 21 mins | ISBN-10: 162231204X | MP3 64 kbps | 201.03 MB
Genre: AudioBook

Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his familys, and his own. Detroit is where his mothers flower shop was firebombed in the pre-Halloween orgy of arson known as Devils Night; where his sister lost herself to the west side streets; where his brother, who once sold subprime mortgages with skill and silk, now works in a factory cleaning Chinese-manufactured screws so they can be repackaged as May Be Made in United States.

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 nations poorest. Once the vanguard of Americas machine agemass production, blue-collar jobs, and automobilesDetroit is now Americas capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosures. It is an eerie and angry place of deserted factories and abandoned homes and forgotten people. Trees and switchgrass and wild animals have come back to reclaim their rightful places. Coyotes are here. The pigeons have left. A city the size of San Francisco and Manhattan could neatly fit into Detroits vacant lots. After revealing that the citys murder rate is higher than the official police numbermaking it the highest in the countrya weary old detective tells LeDuff, In this city two plus two equals three.

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 embeds with a local fire brigade struggling to defend its city against systemic arson and bureaucratic corruption. He investigates politicians of all stripes, from the smooth-talking mayor to career police officials to ministers of the backstreets, following the paperwork to discover who benefits from Detroits decline. 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.

If Detroit is Americas vanguard in good times and bad, then here is the only place to turn for guidance in our troubled era. While redemption is thin on the ground in this ghost of a city, Detroit: An American Autopsy is no hopeless parable. LeDuff shares 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. Detroit is a dark comedy of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century, a deeply human drama of colossal greed and endurance, ignorance and courage.
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