As an Australian reader I came into this book wanting to find out how a city can go bankrupt. What I got was the downside of globalisation and the lack of vision to diversify industry to future proof and protect the people of Detroit. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. The author uses a great mix of personal narrative and the story of Detroit to deliver a hard hitting book.
The personal side of this book is what make it a fascinating read. There is no question in my mind that Charlie LeDuff loses sleep at night over the plight of the people of Detroit. This is made very evident in the stories he shares with the readers. From the fireman who have to steal to have an operational station to the story of the man in the elevator shaft. This book deliver in so many areas and makes for an unforgettable tale of the death of a city.