An American Autopsy

LeDuff, Charlie

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2013
ISBN: 9781594205347
Branch Call Number: 977.434 L
Characteristics: xvi, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Mar 06, 2015
  • zardoz23 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An absolutely devastating expose of the corruption, greed, crime and sometimes hopelessness of life in modern Detroit. At times almost too depressing to read and believe that things are that bad but the author gives some humourous stories and some examples of hope. It is capitalism at its worst and makes me glad I live here. It should be read as a warning to what can happen to a city.

Oct 14, 2014

A glimpse into the reality that is the decay of the once great Motor City. Well written, engaging and most of all heart wrenching.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

As 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.

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

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

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