Once in A Great City

Once in A Great City

A Detroit Story

Large Print - 2015
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It's 1963 and Detroit is on top of the world. The city's leaders are among the most visionary in America: Henry Ford II; labor leader Walter Reuther; Motown founder Berry Gordy; the Reverend C.L. Franklin and his daughter, Aretha; Governor George Romney; super car salesman Lee Iacocca; Martin Luther King. It was a time full of promise. But in Once in a Great City, David Maraniss shows that the shadows of collapse were evident even then.
Published: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2015.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781410483645
Branch Call Number: 977.434 MAR
Characteristics: 693 pages (large print) :,illustrations, maps ;,23 cm.
large print, rda


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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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