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By Charlie LeDuff

An explosive exposé of America’s misplaced prosperity—from Pulitzer Prize­–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff
Back in his damaged fatherland, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family’s stricken previous. Having led us at the approach up, Detroit now looks major us at the method down. as soon as the richest urban in the United States, Detroit is now the nation’s poorest. as soon as the leading edge of America’s desktop age—mass-production, blue-collar jobs, and automobiles—Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosure. With the steel-eyed reportage that has develop into his trademark, and the righteous indignation just a local son possesses, LeDuff units out to discover what destroyed his urban. He beats at the doorways of union bosses and homeless squatters, robust businessmen and suffering owners and the standard humans keeping town jointly through sheer choice. Detroit: An American Autopsy is an incredible tale of a troublesome city in a coarse time jam-packed with the various strangest and most powerful humans our nation has to provide.

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