Charlie LeDuff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent a decade at The New York Times, decided it was time to go home. He’d gotten married, had a baby girl, and he and his wife wanted to raise their daughter in the cradle of their families. So they went home. They went home only to realize what a broken and terrifying place home had become.
LeDuff is both exacting reporter and fearless storyteller. If you want to find out what’s happening in cities all across America, you need to read LeDuff’s autopsy of Detroit. A town where people burn down houses for entertainment. A town where your brother used to be a loan officer with a home, and now he’s lost his home and the best job he can get is making screws for $8.50 an hour — and even that doesn’t last. A town where you call 911 and the police might, maybe, show up 4 hours later. A town where you dig up your deceased grandmother and move her to the suburbs because you are afraid to visit her grave inside the city limits.
This is one of those books I want to hand out to strangers on the street, saying, “Read. This.”
Here’s Charlie LeDuff on The Colbert Report: