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ISBN:
156976526X
Author:
Scott Martelle
Category:
Americas
Language:
English
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press; 1st. edition (April 1, 2012)
Pages:
304 pages
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Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America’s great cities, and one of. .

Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America’s great cities, and one of the nation’s greatest urban failures. It seeks to explain how the city grew to become the heart of American industry and how its utter collapse resulted from a confluence of public policies, private industry decisions, and deep, thick seams of racism. Scott Martelle is the author of The Fear Within and Blood Passion and is a professional journalist who has written for the Detroit News, the Los Angeles Times, the Rochester Times-Union, and more.

Scott Martelle's book doesn't just mention these Growing up in Detroit I would occasionally hear some fact or other . Martelle delivers an easy to read and thorough historical look at Detroit.

Scott Martelle's book doesn't just mention these Growing up in Detroit I would occasionally hear some fact or other, there was a race riot in Detroit in 1943, there was a mayor of Detroit in the 20's or 30's whose party was the Ku Klux Klan, that Henry Ford openly distributed copies of the Protocols of the Elders o. I particularly enjoyed how he highlighted various individuals that have made significant contributions (both good and bad) to the city's development.

The result is Detroit: A Biography, a book that makes no pretense of being an exhaustive history, but is, rather, a book about life, and human nature, and about a city as a living and breathing thing.

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The concept of "biography," however, remains in the back of the reader's mind throughout the book, and seems a relevant line of inquiry to pursue when considering Martelle's narrative and the conclusions it draws.

Detroit - Scott Martelle. How Detroit got to this juncture is the subject of this book. As the title reflects, this is a biography of a place, but it is not an exhaustive look at the entire history of the city. Such an undertaking would far exceed the limits of a single book. In fact, the histories of the auto industry and of the United Auto Workers union alone have spun off enough books to fill their own libraries. So, as one does when looking at the life of a person, I’ve sought to focus on some of the key events in the city’s evolution, exploring the major forces that have shaped Detroit into its adulthood.

So I envisioned the book as a sort of survey history for the uninitiated

So I envisioned the book as a sort of survey history for the uninitiated. It's not intended to be a complete biography, as it were, but rather an introduction to what the city had been, and how it has come to be today. As such, Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America's great cities, and one of the nation's greatest urban failures.

Detroit was established as a French settlement three-quarters of a century before the founding of this nation. A remote outpost built to protect trapping interests, it grew as agriculture expanded on the new frontier. Its industry took a great leap forward with the completion of the Erie Canal, which opened up the Great Lakes to the East Coast. Surrounded by untapped natural resources, Detroit turned iron from the Mesabi Range into stoves and railcars, and eventually cars by the millions. This vibrant commercial hub attracted businessmen and labor organizers, European immigrants and African Americans from the rural South. At its mid-20th-century heyday, one in six American jobs were connected to the auto industry, its epicenter in Detroit. And then the bottom fell out.

            Detroit: A Biography takes a long, unflinching look at the evolution of one of America’s great cities, and one of the nation’s greatest urban failures. It tells how the city grew to become the heart of American industry and how its utter collapse—from 1.8 million residents in 1950 to 714,000 only six decades later—resulted from a confluence of public policies, private industry decisions, and deep, thick seams of racism. And it raises the question: when we look at modern-day Detroit, are we looking at the ghost of America’s industrial past or its future?

  • Kanal
Despite the few poor reviews that label it "liberal backwash" this book really does a great job chronicling the rise and fall (and slow recovery?) of this once great city. Doomed by myopic planning and politically corrupt governing, this city is a huge warning to the United States: we shall reap what we sow. Corruption, racism, weak and downright stupid decisions on infrastructure - all of this leads to ruin and no amount of political bloviating can cover up the tragedy of this story, which will be our story if we do not heed this history. I think that Martelle does a good job on the early history of Detroit as well as the more recent chronicles. I was always intrigued by the thought of how beautiful the infamous cities of Detroit and Cleveland (once known as the "Forest City" because of its many trees) were before the advent of industrialism which gave these cities jobs and private wealth but stripped them of all beauty and quietude. American cities do not have to be the sad blighted landscapes that so many are: Martelle tells us how this happened in Detroit; it is up to us to use this knowledge to make things better in places like Detroit now and in the future. Go Tigers!
  • Ttexav
Moving to the Detroit area, I was curious to learn a general history of the city. This book was perfect for fulfilling that task.

From the French, British, US rule to the industrial booms and every downturn in between its all there.
It should be noted that this was written at the tail end of the recent recession when attitudes were pretty grim, but there is an updated epilogue to capture the current optimism in Downtown/Midtown/Corktown areas.

When it came to covering organized labor and race relations I felt at times libral bias took over, but that's just my view, and it wasn't over reaching.
  • heart of sky
Author Scott Martelle dissects and studies the economic history of Detroit and the "thousand individual decisions" that led it to the state it's in today. Most enjoyable were the pauses Martelle took from his history lesson to catch a glimpse of a Detroiter's life, affected by the ebb and flow of activity that yielded today's Detroit. I was born and raised in the area, still live nearby. A great read for someone who wants the straight scoop and yearns to see a glimmer of hope on this once-great city's horizon.
  • Malojurus
So well written and very informative.
  • Konetav
The book is an extremely readable story of one of the greatest cities of the US (and one of its greatest failures as well).

I have to agree with the reviewer who got disappointed by the book because it does not cover in much detail the most recent period of Detroit's history - it really doesn't, so if you are only interested in how the latest several decades played out for Detroit, you should better look elsewhere. However, if you are not that narrow-focused, you should find this book brilliant and highly illuminating. The fact that it gives so much attention to the days long gone is its strength, not weakness, in my opinion. I totally agree with the idea expressed by author of the book that Detroit's troubles did not start overnight in the 1960's or at some later point in time. You have to see the broad picture to be able to truly understand why things happen - which includes why bad things have been happening for Detroit. In the end, as one of the testimonials at the back cover of the book says, it is a good introduction to the subject.

So, to sum up, you should definitely love this book if you are not exclusively interested in the latest years of Detroit's history.

P.S. The book is extremely well written - you will read it in one sitting.
  • Falya
Great compilation of significant periods in Detroit's history. I wasn't looking for a tome that covers everything. I wanted a compendium to give me a sense of how history has touched and reshaped Detroit from it's early beginnings. Scott's writing gives life to otherwise pedantic historical facts -- I found it to be an interesting and compelling read!
  • Forey
Though and insightful knowledge on the rise and fall of one of the world's and America's greatest industrial cities. Written with personal stories and the city's historical breadth, covering the economic, political and racial dimensions.
Excellent incite into Detroit and why it is in its current state. Interesting look at race relations, realized conflicts were beyond Southern regions.