And Other True Tales of Detroit
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A New York Times Notable Book
On Devil’s Night, the night before Halloween, some citizens of Detroit try to burn down their neighborhoods for an international audience of fire buffs. This gripping and often heartbreaking tour of the “Murder Capital of America” often seems lit by those same fires. But as a native Detroiter, Ze’ev Chafets also shows us the city beneath the crime statistics—its ecstatic storefront churches; its fearful and embittered white suburbs; its cops and criminals; and the new breed of black officials who are determined to keep Detroit running in the midst of appalling dangers and indifference.
25 years later, Bankrupt!
I remember as a radio DJ in the fall of 1988 --from a town that organized a Halloween parade in the 1920s to combat "hooliganism" --how I felt when I threw it to CBS radio on the hour and heard tales of Devils night in Detroit.
I remember thinking how bereft of any civilization that city was.
Zev's book provides an on the scene analysis of that pitiful city and it's misguided racist model of leadership which led it to bankruptcy in 2013.
It's ironic to hear stories of Detroit from 1988 and see how little it changed since then and how ineffective it's leadership was in improving its lot.
The book opines about other city and state leaders who won in 1988. I leave it to you if they had any greater impact on their jurisdictions then Mayor Young had on his.