Detroit Resurrected

  • by Nathan Bomey
  • Narrated by Jonathan Yen
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From thriving Motor City to the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, Detroit has become the nation's cautionary tale. But what led to the fateful day of the filing, and how did the city survive this crisis?
Journalist Nathan Bomey delivers the inside story of Detroit's decline and the people who fought to save it against impossible odds: Governor Rick Snyder, a self-proclaimed nerd; emergency manager Kevyn Orr, a lawyer with singular dedication; Judge Steven Rhodes, the city's conscience; and retirees who fought to ensure that Detroit kept its promises. In a tightly reported narrative, Bomey reveals the tricky path to the grand bargain that would determine the fate of pensioners, city services, and the world-class Detroit Institute of Arts, which faced the threat of liquidation. Detroit Resurrected offers a sweeping account of financial ruin, backroom intrigue, and political rebirth in the struggle to reinvent one of America's great cities.

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What the Critics Say

"An engaging reconstruction of Detroit's financial crisis and the broader implications of its comeback for other American cities." (Kirkus)

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Outsiders Perspective

I'm from Chicago and know all too well about the numbers of inner city crime in our city so that wasn't as appalling (although I am from the north side so I don't know it that we'll) but from an outsiders perspective, how the city got to the point of bankruptcy was spelling out thoroughly. Many people outside of Michigan don't know how Kwame kilpatrick is, but they don't know about how it was already struggling. The information about 40% of lights working and details about how people just stopped paying real estate taxes by the masses and no public transportation or city work was foreign to me. The idea of not being able to pay back pensions is relatable to Chicagos. I thought the great part of about it was it highlighted all the options the appointees investigated to resolve the issue. Again, I am not from Detroit so I don't know the accuracy or have a bias opinion, but as a story and overall structure of the issues and resolutions to the bankruptcy, it was very well laid out and written.
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- Carl

Rome wasn't rebuilt in a day

Though the details of this story we dizzying, to know the players and ploys used to initiate this historical turn around of such an iconic city, is intriguing.
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- Daniel Martinez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio