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63 Alfred Street: Where Capitalism Failed: The Life and Times of a Venetian Gothic Mansion in Downtown Detroit Paperback – June 13, 2010
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There are many, many better books out there related to Detroit history and architecture that would better serve an interested reader. This book is not one of them.
This is a book that should be reissued by a serious commercial publisher. With the careful editing that this text deserves but has not yet received, it could sell decently and assume a high rank among the few books that have considered these questions in a serious and original way.
Kossik's book demonstrates (again) that a tireless researcher can do just as well writing history as the "official" historians at the universities. The text is extensively footnoted, even to the degree of providing a "how to" of historical research by example.
Kossik deserves credit for avoiding faddish ideological assumptions and conclusions. The observations he shares at the end of the book concerning Detroit's decline are well-founded and insightful, more insightful in my view, than the theories advanced in thousands of articles and studies. I disagree with one of the previous reviewers who asserts that Kossik merely blames, "the usual suspects responsible for Detroit's decline: local government gone a muck, racial inequality, industrial decline, union excess, etc...". Kossik recounts the demise of the neighborhood in meticulous detail, leaving no questions as to what, when and how. When considering the role of 63 Alfred Street as a bellwether of larger forces, Kossik's conclusions are straightforward and logical. They are also clearly separated from the historical section of the book and labeled as an attempt to explain underlying causes.
My only criticism is that that book needs to be proofread. Kossik's writing is fine, but someone needs to go through and correct the improper usage of possessive tense and minor misspellings. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book and hope that Kossik continues to research and write more.