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Book Title: Detroit: A Biography|
The author of the book: Scott Martelle
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Edition: Chicago Review Press
Date of issue: April 1st 2012
ISBN 13: 9781569765265
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 629 KB
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At its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, Detroit's status as epicenter of the American auto industry made it a vibrant, populous, commercial huband 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. This authoritative yet accessible narrative seeks to explain how the city grew to become the heart of American industry and how its utter collapse from nearly two million residents in 1950 to less than 715,000 some six decades later resulted from a confluence of public policies, private industry decisions, and deeply ingrained racism. Drawing from U.S. Census data and including profiles of individuals who embody the recent struggles and hopes of the city, this book chronicles the evolution of what a modern city once was and what it has become.
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Read information about the authorA veteran journalist and member of the Los Angeles Times editorial board, Martelle also writes books primarily about overlooked people and events from history. His newest is The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth. Previous works include The Admiral and the Ambassador: One Man's Obsessive Search for the Body of John Paul Jones; Detroit: A Biography (2012), about the rise and tremendous fall of a once-great American city; The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial (2011), about the first of the Cold War-era Smith Act anti-communist trials, and Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West (2007), about a coal strike that left more than 75 people dead in showdowns between miners and the Colorado state militia that didn't end until the U.S. Army was sent in as peacekeepers..
Martelle's journalism and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Sierra Magazine, Los Angeles magazine, Orange Coast magazine and other outlets. He has taught journalism and writing at Chapman University and the University of California-Irvine, and is a regular panelist or moderator at literary, journalism and labor history conferences, guest lecturer at colleges, and has been featured on C-SPAN's Book TV.
Martelle also is a co-founder of The Journalism Shop, a group of freelance journalists.
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