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ELGL Book Club — Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff

Posted on February 4, 2015


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Looking for a good read?

Join ELGL members in reading New York Times Bestseller, Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff. We will dive into this thought-provoking investigation of Detroit’s decline over the next seven weeks, ending with a Twittersation on March 27 at 12 noon EST to discuss what we’ve read. One lucky person will win a copy at the ELGL dessert social at the NCCCMA Winter Seminar tomorrow! See a description of the book below.

An explosive exposé of America’s lost prosperity—from Pulitzer Prize­–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff

Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family’s troubled past. 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 nation’s poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age—mass-production, blue-collar jobs, and automobiles—Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosures. 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 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. Detroit: An American Autopsy is 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. (Amazon)

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