From Publishers Weekly
Chafets interviews Detroiters about the Motor City's decline and shows how "Devil's Night," the night before Halloween, evolved from an evening of pranks into one of rampant arson. "An enormously unsettling read and a tragically accurate picture of a dying metropolis," said PW but criticized "the author's penchant for sweeping generalizations and his tendency to shy away from tougher issues."
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From Library Journal
Chafets, the Israeli-based author of Members of the Tribe ( LJ 11/15/88) and Heroes and Hustlers, Hard Hats and Holy Men ( LJ 4/15/86), has drawn a bold sketch, already excerpted in the New York Times Magazine , of his hometown Detroit. Abandoned and hated by whites, with a people and mayor seething because they cannot turn political control into economic self-sufficiency, Detroit is America's first Third World city, Chafets asserts. Lacking the scholarly precision and analysis of Sidney Fine's Violence in the Motor City (Univ. of Michigan Pr., 1989) or the inside access of Wilbur Rich's biography of the mayor, Coleman Young and Detroit Politics (Wayne State Univ. Pr., 1989), Chafets's account instead relies on "close approximations" of the truth from his various interviews with Detroit inhabitants. Because of this, Chafets can only provide a partial, often faulty picture of the city, but one that is nevertheless compelling. Recommended for larger urban studies and city library collections.- JoEllen Vinyard, Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti
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