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A vibrant and authoritative sweep through the history, present day and future of an iconic city and its people.

Once America's capitalist dream town, the Silicon Valley of the Jazz Age, Detroit became the country's greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the furthest. The city of Henry Ford, modernity, and Motown found itself blighted by riots, arson, unemployment, crime and corruption.

But what happens to a once-great place after it has been used up and discarded? Who stays there to try to make things work again? And what sorts of newcomers are drawn there?

Mark Binelli returned to his native Detroit to explore the city's swathes of abandoned buildings, miles of urban prairie, and streets filled with wild dogs, to tell the story of the new society emerging from the debris. Here he chronicles Detroit with its urban farms and vibrant arts scene, Detroit as a laboratory for the post-industrial, post-recession world, Detroit reimagined as a city for a new century.

Reviews

A riveting and hugely unsettling guided tour through his dysfunctional, compulsively interesting home town... Binelli, journalist with Rolling Stone magazine, is not only a native son of Detroit, but also an acute and canny observer of its bracing dilapidation. And he is never less than informative when it comes to detailing its manifold quirks and strange historical nuances… Binelli constantly shows himself to be a hugely erudite yet eminently streetwise guide to the city in which he came of age. This is a clever, endlessly inventive, passionate tour through the most down-and-out yet plausibly possible of American cities

Douglas Kennedy, Times

A story of extremes, mapped out by a restrained, clear-headed guide who loves the city as much as he is baffled by it

Sean Oâ??Hagan, Observer

This book could easily be an epitaph but Binelli finds green shoots of optimism sprouting up amid the debris

Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph

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  • Paperback

    9780099553885

    February 15, 2014

    Vintage

    352 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • Hardback

    9781847921680

    January 15, 2013

    Bodley Head

    336 pages

    RRP $59.99

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  • EBook

    9781448137701

    January 10, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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