In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America's machine age-mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs-Detroit is now America's capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts.With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city. In doing so, he uncovers the deeply human drama of a city filled with some of the strongest-and strangest-people our country has to offer.
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"Eric Martin hits all the right notes in his narration of journalist Charlie LeDuff's chronicle of the problems that plague his hometown, the once flourishing and now foundering Detroit. The author's edgy tone is tough and uncompromising, befitting the harsh realities facing those who remain in the troubled city. Martin's narration mirrors LeDuff's writing as he voices the poverty, corruption, and crime of the city as well as the brash and irreverent personality of the author himself. Both author and narrator are by turns incredulous, despairing, and hopeful, though, as LeDuff concedes, hope can be hard to come by nowadays in Detroit. S.E.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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