An American Autopsy
LeDuff, Charlie (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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An explosive expose of Detroit, icon of America's lost prosperity, from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff. Back in his broken hometown, LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family's, and his own. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation's poorest. It is an eerie and angry place of deserted factories and abandoned homes and forgotten people. LeDuff sets out to uncover what destroyed his city, and 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.
Authors: LeDuff, Charlie
Statement of Responsibility: Charlie LeDuff
Title: Detroit
an American autopsy
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2013
Characteristics: xvi, 286 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
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Report This Mar 04, 2014
  • wrath231 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A really enjoyable read..Charlie's narrative keeps to glued to the pages. The only downside was the small bit where he delves into his family history which I found somewhat jarring.

Report This Sep 22, 2013
  • JimV rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The cover tells you everything you need to know about this book - the author posing as "working class hero." An excellent read if you're interested in the ego and pretensions of Charlie LeDuff. If you want an analysis of Detroit's slide into ruin, not so much.

Report This Sep 16, 2013
  • myconatiSF rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Couldn't put book down, a definite page turner. Very sad...

Report This Sep 02, 2013
  • ohiostatefan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this! Read the review by John Flavin featured in The Oregonian Sept. 1

Report This Jul 27, 2013
  • shadowwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Never mind Cleveland. What about Hamilton! It's been on the skids since 1990, and 25 yr. of bailout have only made it worse

Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • libraryscientist rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Reads as pulp fiction sometimes... but unfortunately all too true. The story is a shocking illustration of what greed, hate, and incompetence can really do to a place -- and is, at the same, an odd ode to the tenacity of the American individual.

Report This Jul 01, 2013
  • whiskers7575 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As Rustwire.com said, "A life changing book". One of the most shocking and thought provoking books I have ever read. Cleveland had better hope it never gets half as bad as what Detroit has come.

Report This May 22, 2013
  • blueshunter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gritty. No holds barred. A story right from the gut

Report This Mar 08, 2013
  • lmcshane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Depressing as hell - a cautionary tale for Cleveland. Well-written.


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Report This Aug 09, 2013
  • libraryscientist rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Charlie LeDuff reporting

A local newscast by the author.

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