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Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City's Majestic Ruins Paperback – Illustrated, August 16, 2010
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"Every chapter attempts to tug on the hearts of its readers with narratives brief enough to hold readers' attention, but long enough to explain the journey."
--The South End
Of Dan Austin, "a colleague calls him encyclopedic." --Michigannow.org
With Detroit's buildings, "some is gorgeously intact, some isn't. But the duo shows equal passion for all of it." --Model D
"I was absolutely glued to the book. Glued. It captures the spirit of so many of Detroit's buildings." --DetroitLives.org
About the Author
- Publisher : The History Press; Illustrated edition (August 16, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1596299401
- ISBN-13 : 978-1596299405
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.5 x 0.31 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #303,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My only other critique would be that I wish some of these books would include information in the index or at the end of the books last chapter about how people can help to restore or keep these buildings from being destroyed. I know there are many people out there like me who would love to participate in some way to make this situation better.
Because it does something that so few books do.
Each building has its own section. There is a lot of information. The early history of a building is detailed, as well as its great era, slow decline, and byzantine story about its ruination (I think each building has a byzantine ruination story).
There are also lots-o-pictures. Again, showing each building in a pristine state - all the better to make you GASP at the current images.
The book is VERY depressing but through no fault of the author. It's just simply tragic that we as a culture would allow the utter destruction of such architectural gems. This never fails to amaze me. It's heart-rending.
By brian welch on March 27, 2021
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This book has 12 landmark Detroit buildings as it's theme, comparing them now to their prime times, both with words and (excellent) photographs. I believe the city of Detroit to cover 138 square miles or so; I would imagine there is a lot of the history of Detroit's decline that is not in the book. Nevertheless the 12 stories are compelling and - for this reader - give enough "hinterland" to enable a grasp of what Detroit was, and was it is now.
I found this a very good book. For one who's never been to Michigan, it's hard to believe that at one time Detroit was America's richest city measured per capita. The book doesn't dwell on politics or economics or wider history. It simply shows the effect of the rise of the suburbs (thanks to the car!), corruption, corporatism, bullying unions, handouts and subsidies. Sadly for Detroit, John Galt left decades ago - and he's not coming back any time soon. This book will show you why.
PS - given the preponderance of large, colour photographs I would imagine this book loses a lot of it's impact if read on a Kindle!
Ein Beispiel ist das Cass College, an dem auch Diana Ross einmal zur Schule geworden ist. Wer Detroit (eine französische Gründung) kennt kann sich mit dem Buch gut zurecht finden und die Ups and Downs der Stadt gut nachvollziehen.
Wir verbringen dieses Jahr (2015) unseren Urlaub in Michigan und da gehört es einfach dazu sich auf die Stadt vorzubereiten, die wir besuchen.
Man erlebt sehr plastisch die Abhängigkeit vom Automobil mit allen Vor- und Nachteilen. Detroit holt derzeit wieder auf, ist aber vom ganz alten Glanz (leider) noch weit weg.
Ein lesenswertes Buch.