Once in A Great City

Once in A Great City

A Detroit Story

Book - 2015
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In 1963 Detroit was on top of the world. The city's leaders were among the most visionary in America; it was the American auto makers' best year; the revolution in music and politics was underway. Reuther's UAW had helped lift the middle class. The time was full of promise. Once in a Great City shows that the shadows of collapse were evident even then. Detroit at its peak was threatened by its own design. It was being abandoned by the new world. Yet so much of what Detroit gave America lasts.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
ISBN: 9781476748399
Characteristics: 441 pages 16 pages black and white plates 25 cm.


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Dec 27, 2015

David Maraniss explains why the City of Detroit was great. He does not explain why Detroit became massively depopulated, why all large urban renewal projects in Detroit failed, or why Detroit has failed to recover from financial ruin.

I would rate "Once in a Great City" at only 3.0 stars.

A fascinating and compelling read about Detroit, and the US, in the early sixties.


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