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LeDuff's new book 'Detroit: An American Autopsy'

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Charlie LeDuff's new book 'Detroit: An American Autopsy' is about the city, family, and personal reflection.

LeDuff writes about the 2008-10 rough spots and historic moments for Detroit.
"It's not just about falling down, it's about getting up and getting on with it," said LeDuff.

This is LeDuff's third book, following "Work and Other Sins: Life in New York and Thereabouts" (2003) and "US Guys: The True and Twisted Mind of the American Man" (2007).

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon now, and book stores on Feb. 7.

Book Description from Amazon:
Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family's, and his own. Detroit is where his mother's flower shop was firebombed in the pre-Halloween orgy of arson known as Devil's Night; where his sister lost herself to the west side streets; where his brother, who once sold sub prime mortgages with skill and silk, now works in a factory cleaning Chinese-manufactured screws so they can be repackaged as "May Be Made in United States."

Having led us on the way up, Detroit now seems to be leading us on the way down. Once the richest city in America, Detroit is now the nation's poorest. Once the vanguard of America's machine age-mass production, blue-collar jobs, and automobiles-Detroit is now America's capital for unemployment, illiteracy, dropouts, and foreclosures. It is an eerie and angry place of deserted factories and abandoned homes and forgotten people. Trees and switch grass and wild animals have come back to reclaim their rightful places. Coyotes are here. The pigeons have left. A city the size of San Francisco and Manhattan could neatly fit into Detroit's vacant lots. After revealing that the city's murder rate is higher than the official police number-making it the highest in the country-a weary old detective tells LeDuff, "In this city two plus two equals three."

To pre-order the book from Amazon, visit www.amazon.com/Detroit-American-Autopsy-Charlie-LeDuff/dp/1594205345.

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