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"Scott Martelle has the rare ability to bring alive a patch of history from several hundred years ago as skillfully as he does a present-day Detroiter in his living room. This is an extraordinary riches-to-rags story that raises big questions for national policy." —Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
“The world can learn much from this bittersweet history of urban grit and strength that has now become a 21st-century symbol for industry, loss, and renewal.” —M. L. Liebler, award-winning Detroit poet and editor of Working Words: Punching the Clock and Kicking Out the Jams
"[Detroit] offers an informative albeit depressing glimpse of the workings of a once-great city that is now a shell of its former self."—Publishers Weekly
"A valuable biography sure to appeal to readers seeking to come to grips with important problems facing not just a city, but a country." —Kirkus
"While the book focuses on Detroit, readers everywhere will find his analysis useful in understanding what many cities are experiencing." —Solidarity
Scott Martelle, the author of The Fear Within and Blood Passion, is a veteran journalist and former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Detroit News, whose work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Sierra magazine, and other outlets.
I have never been to Detroit but its rise and fall fortunes through the decades is fascinating. Of course, so much of the history is tied to the automobile industry and though the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jeffrey Swystun
I had to buy this book for a class (Honors 1000) at Wayne State University. I really don't care about the city of Detroit but that's no reason to give this a bad review. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Hassan Khatib
Though and insightful knowledge on the rise and fall of one of the world's and America's greatest industrial cities. Read morePublished 5 months ago by juan t salter
Excellent incite into Detroit and why it is in its current state. Interesting look at race relations, realized conflicts were beyond Southern regions.Published 6 months ago by kkcj
I lived in Detroit in the 40s, 50s, and part of the 60s. About as accurate as it gets. ThanksPublished 7 months ago by Richard
I have always had a fascination with Detroit or to be more precise the auto industry in Detroit. Like most folks who read about the problems ( an understatement ) Detroit was... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Al H