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Devil's Night: And Other True Tales of Detroit On the night before Halloween, Detroit explodes in flame The local citizens call that evening Devil s Night tourists, sociologists and even some visiting firefighters gather to witness this outpouring of urban frustration when houses, abandoned buildings and unused factories burn to the ground in an orgy of arsonIn capturing Devil s Night and other troubling Motown movements, Ze ev Cha fets hailed as a s de Tocqueville by The New York Times returns to the city of his youth In the early s Detroit seemed like the model American city Industry was booming as both blacks and whites found steady work in the auto industry But inthe worst race riot in American history erupted overnight, Detroit was violently jerked from an existence as a prosperous, integrated industrial center to that of a chaotic, seething ghetto Chafets goes back to the city where he grew up and learned the facts of life, a city where his strongest friendship was an unlikely one with a fatherless black teenager from the ghetto a city where reality set in early when Chafets s own grandfather was killed in a holdupChafets leads us through the wilderness of the distinct subcultures of contemporary Detroit He meets the black intelligentsia who view their independent state as progress for black America he spends time with cops whose conflicting attitudes of pride in their work and bitterness at their city s staggering crime rate lead to frustration he explores the growing sects in the Muslim and Christian communities that provide ecstatic, religious escape he talks to whites from the segregated suburbs to find out why they fled and about the roots of their continuous antagonism and he converses with Mayor Coleman Young, who, despite the abysmal social and financial conditions of his city, is convinced he is leading Detroit and its black populace to a better and brighter futurePoignant, perceptive, and at times hilariously funny, Devil s Night And Other True Tales of Detroit gives an unprecedented look at what Ze ev Chafets calls America s first Third World City Very interesting to read this book two months after the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July It s set almost 25 years ago and the plight of the city has continued much the same for even longer.This quote sums up the thoughts that ran through my mind as I read the book and still applies today The 1989 mayoral campaign posed serious ideological questions that went far beyond the specifics of Detroit What is the root cause of the desperate condition of African America black irresponsi Very interesting to read this book two months after the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy in July It s set almost 25 years ago and the plight of the city has continued much the same for even longer.This quote sums up the thoughts that ran through my mind as I read the book and still applies today The 1989 mayoral campaign posed serious ideological questions that went far beyond the specifics of Detroit What is the root cause of the desperate condition of African America black irresponsibility or white racism What is the best way for African Americans to progress self rule or a junior partnership with whites Is defiant struggle merely an evolutionary step toward inclusion in the broader American polity or is itthe best that blacks can hope for in the United States In a very real sense, the election in Detroit was a referendum on the contemporary black interpretation of reality p 229 I live about 25 minutes south, yes, south of Detroit in Ontario Since we are so close, pretty much all our media except maybe Hockey Night in Canada comes from Detroit, and if we re looking to go shopping especially now that our dollar is worthout to eat, or see a concert or sporting event, Detroit is the closest place to go.Currently there is a HUGE scandal involving the mayor, which is just unbelievable, I m tired of hearing about it I m tired of the people of Detroit being suck I live about 25 minutes south, yes, south of Detroit in Ontario Since we are so close, pretty much all our media except maybe Hockey Night in Canada comes from Detroit, and if we re looking to go shopping especially now that our dollar is worthout to eat, or see a concert or sporting event, Detroit is the closest place to go.Currently there is a HUGE scandal involving the mayor, which is just unbelievable, I m tired of hearing about it I m tired of the people of Detroit being suckered by gansta mayors and related appointees Detroit taxpayers paying for private vacations, cars for family members and high paying jobs that pay well but don t require anyone present to actually work I could go on and on about the pros and cons of living near such a big city with mixed view of it, but suffice to say that we benefit a lot from living so close to Detroit, without the negatives Things have gotten better there in the last 15 years, but it still has a bad reputation, and y know what It deserves it for the most part, in my opinion I found this book to be interesting, the writing style was easy to read, and at times compelling It was written in 1990, before the LA riots, and before the shooting death of Malice Green, who was the Rodney King of Detroit, but he died, and the officers did go to jail Coleman Young who had a penchant for naming buildings and parks after himself along with a paternity lawsuit against him when he was 71 good example there for the kids of Detroit was still mayor Dennis Archer did a lot to clean up Young s mess.If you are at all interested in Detroit, it s a pretty easy read If the past predicts the present, then this book helps one understand the economic, political, unemployment epidemic , drug, and foreclosure crisis that plague Detroit today This was written the year I was born, 1988, and it reflects the backward attitudes of that time period. I strongly debated whether to give this book one star or no stars at all I figured the author deserved one star for getting me to spend money on this book which I will never get back and actually read it.I thought the book was going to be about the history and background of Devil s Night in Detroit and other stories that would be a behind the scenes look of the rich tradition of Detroit I was looking forward to having a new love for Detroit after reading some interesting stories This book f I strongly debated whether to give this book one star or no stars at all I figured the author deserved one star for getting me to spend money on this book which I will never get back and actually read it.I thought the book was going to be about the history and background of Devil s Night in Detroit and other stories that would be a behind the scenes look of the rich tradition of Detroit I was looking forward to having a new love for Detroit after reading some interesting stories This book failed on all counts Not only is it poorly written, but each chapter is very disjointed and the author does such a miserable job of providing detail and emotion It feels like I m reading a boring academic journal or history book I found my mind constantly wandering and I was completely disinterested after the first chapter.It really is my fault that I wasted so much time reading this book I just kept hoping it was going to get better I should have known from the foreword or author s note in the beginning how bad the book was going to be It is a Jewish author that was born in Pontiac not Detroit then moved to Australia at 18 then came back for a year or so to hang out in Detroit and had one black friend So now he s an expert on Detroit As if that was not enough, the author says that he did not always take exact quotes but he assures the reader that the dialogue in the book is to the best of his memory and completely captures the meaning of the discussion Yeah, ok, sure This book is a complete waste of time and I will never read anything else by this author again

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