Robert Chesshyre

Road to Nowhere

The Last Days of Detroit: Motor Cars, Motown and the Collapse of an Industrial Giant

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Detroit is an urban nightmare. Half the population has fled; acre upon acre have been razed by arsonists; each day brings fresh murders; half the children live in poverty and half the adults are functionally illiterate; City Hall has long been beset by corruption; racism is endemic. It does not need J G Ballard to conjure up this hell, just a reporter with a shrewd eye and an open notebook.

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