Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back


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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.5 X 0.9 X 8.1 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Nathan Bomey, a journalist at USA Today, was the lead reporter on Detroit's bankruptcy and General Motors for the Detroit Free Press. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.


One of our most talented young reporters, Nathan Bomey goes behind the scenes to offer a dramatic account of the debates, deliberation, and deal-making that brought Detroit out of its unprecedented bankruptcy. Bomey brings a human eye to the cold realities of municipal finance and urban politics, through well-drawn portraits of the investors, pensioners, union leaders, politicians, philanthropists, lawyers, and judges at the heart of the case.--Thomas J. Sugrue, author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
As other cities flirt with a similar financial fate, Bomey's intricate saga of how Detroit walked back from the brink of destruction provides an unrivaled glimpse into what went wrong and an unflinching evaluation of what it takes to overcome detrimental political shenanigans and dubious financial practices. ... Bomey's insider account ... entertains with its fly-on-the-wall intimacy and keen observations.
Well-paced and highly readable. ... It's an important subject, since the tale of Detroit's financial woes can serve as a case study on how other cities can deal with economic transition. ... An engaging reconstruction of Detroit's financial crisis and the broader implications of its comeback for other American cities.
Bomey does a superb job of laying out the origins and depths of Detroit's fiscal and political woes. He has done prodigious research into archives and court documents, interviewed all the players, and woven a tangled mass of facts into a narrative that reads like a thriller.-- (04/01/2016)
The Motor City's recent fiscal implosion sparks an unlikely outbreak of civic-mindedness in this stirring saga. ... Bomey deftly elucidates the intricacies of law and finance that shaped the case while painting colorful profiles of the principals and their sharp-tongued, profane wrangling (and occasional fits of conscience). Scrupulously fair to all parties and their grievances, Bomey reveals that behind the crass bean counting stood a fractious community pulling together to value and rescue a long-neglected city.-- (02/15/2016)