Up the Rouge!: Paddling Detroit's Hidden River

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Wayne State University Press
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9.86 X 8.56 X 0.43 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Joel Thurtell was a news reporter for thirty years, retiring in 2007 from the Detroit Free Press. Among his awards is the Michigan Education Association's School Bell Award for his exposé of corrupt financing schemes for Michigan schools.

Patricia Beck has been a Detroit Free Press staff photographer since 1977. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Coverage of the Problems of the Disadvantaged.


Are you an environmentalist? An adventurer? A labor advocate? Do you appreciate good journalism? If the answer is yes to any of those questions is yes, than Up the Rouge! Paddling Detroit's Hidden River is for you. Up the Rouge! provides a story line that concerns citizens and government officials should take note of in their pursuit of a better environment. It is a story that Guild members can proudly say was produced by two of their own."

-- "Newspaper Guild"

If you want a sugar-coated, pretty picture book, Up the Rouge! might not be for you. But if you want to know the truth about a natural resource close to home, then this is a story not to be missed. This book should be read as a challenge for the people of southeast Michigan, to finish the cleanup and realize the promise of a great urban river."

--Lana Pollack "president of the Michigan Environmental Council"

Up the Rouge! Is an unflinchingly honest look at what the proximity of a city does to a river, as well as an eye-opening journey. Told in brief passages dated by day and hours, Up the Rouge!: Paddling Detroit's Hidden River in truly an up-close and personal picture of what it's like to paddle up the Rouge."

-- "Midwest Book Review"

What at first appears to be a stunt quickly develops into an investigation of how the river's environmental quality is ignored. The resulting story is unusual, insightful and surprisingly engaging."

-- "MetroTimes"