The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young


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Wayne State University Press
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4.2 X 5.74 X 0.22 inches | 0.13 pounds

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About the Author

A native Detroiter, McGraw worked for 37 years at The Detroit Free Press, where he served as a freelance writer, city desk reporter, sports writer, deputy metro editor, foreign correspondent, columnist and blogger. His writing also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Toronto Globe and Mail, Newsweek, the London-based History Workshop Journal, the Fifth Estate and Orbit. He founded the Droog Press and taught journalism at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Oakland University.


The small, red-covered book resembles the collected thoughts of Chairman Mao. But history does not record that Mao ever called a political foe 'pruneface, ' or a foreign leader 'a mean sucker.' Such wry and ribald utterances come from Detroit's Mayor Coleman Young . . . a barb-tongued Democrat whom metro Detroiters either love or love to lambaste. Through eighteen years in office, Young has left a trail of trademark sayings-from courageous to outrageous.-- "USA Today"
The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young amasses an impressive array of one-liners and insults and poignant commentaries from Detroit's singular chief exec, spanning the nearly forty years between Young's bold testimony to Joe McCarthy's feared House Committee on Un-American Activities to his fifth term as Detroit's mayor.-- "The Detroit News"
The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young is a fascinating, hilarious, and long-overdue compilation of his wit and wisdom. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in black power, political humor, and in the unique man who has provided both to the citizens of Detroit for almost twenty years.--Ze'ev Chafets "author of Devil's Night and Other True Tales of Detroit"
What I dislike most about this book, in fact, what I absolutely loathe, abhor, and detest about this book is the fact that I wasn't smart enough to write it first. What a great idea.--Susan Watson "The Detroit Free Press"