Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story

By | June 26, 2019
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story Author David Maraniss
ISBN-10 147674839X
ISBN-13 9781476748399
Year 2016-09-20
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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A fascinating political racial economic and cultural tapestry Detroit Free Press a tour de force from David Maraniss about the quintessential American city at the top of its game Detroit in 1963 Detroit in 1963 is on top of the world The citys leaders are among the most visionary in America Grandson of the first Ford Henry Ford II Motowns founder Berry Gordy the Reverend C L Franklin and his daughter the incredible Aretha Governor George Romney Mormon and Civil Rights advocate car salesman Lee Iacocca Police Commissioner George Edwards Martin Luther King The time was full of promise The auto industry was selling more cars than ever before Yet the shadows of collapse were evident even then Elegiac and richly detailed The New York Times in Once in a Great City David Maraniss shows that before the devastating riot before the decades of civic corruption and neglect and white flight before people trotted out the grab bag of rust belt infirmities and competition from abroad to explain Detroits collapse one could see the signs of a citys ruin Detroit at its peak was threatened by its own design It was being abandoned by the new world economy and by the transfer of American prosperity to the information and service industries In 1963 as Maraniss captures it with power and affection Detroit summed up Americas path to prosperity and jazz that was already past history Maraniss has written a book about the fall of Detroit and done it ingeniously by writing about Detroit at its height An encyclopedic account of Detroit in the early sixties a kind of hymn to what really was a great city The New Yorker

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