Sunday, February 24, 2013
Book Review: Detroit--An American Autopsy
I learned that I never want to move to Detroit.
To me the first half of the book is the most interesting as it goes into detail regarding the current state of Detroit and the myriad causes for its destruction. LeDuff doesn't fail in his sskewering of pretty much everyone, from the automotive executives, to Wall Street bankers, to over indebted citizens, to corrupt black and white politicians, to drug abusers, to damn near every privileged and not so privileged class of people we have in this country. Even LeDuff himself is not immune to his own pen as he pulls now punches in revealing his own faults.
The amount of information contained here is near staggering in its ability to depress and shock a reader over the status of this city. Detroit belongs with the favelas of Brazil and the ghettos of Johannesburg, not in modern America and its all our own fault. LeDuff turns an honest eye to it all and is needed reading for those examining modern urban America.