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Posted on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 10:53 a.m.

Journalist Charlie LeDuff to discuss his new book

By Ann Dwyer

Charlie LeDuff has shaken up what it means to be a broadcast reporter. Gone are the suits and the sedate camera presence. LeDuff brings a certain cowboy swagger to his impassioned reporting on Detroit. He brings that passion his new book, "Detroit: An American Autopsy." Meet him at Nicola's Books for a book signing and discussion on Thursday.

LeDuff grew up in Detroit, where he and his family experienced many of the ups and downs, then more downs, that has led to the city's downfall. His mother's flower shop was firebombed, his sister got caught up in the streets, his brother went from selling sub-prime mortgages to cleaning screws in a factory. But he also reveals what is really happening in the city, a city where officials aren't always up-front about where the city really stands.

7 p.m. Thursday, Feb 14, 2013. Free. Nicola's Books is located in the Westgate Shopping Center at 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. 734-662-0600.


music to my ear

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 7:12 p.m.

I am going to go and see my favorite journalist EVER, my dog charlie always tell the stories as he and alot of other people see them as the truth. I too was raised in Detroit similar to his life and it is hard not to care about Detroit, back then when we was young it was a fun city even under Coleman Young. to see it now breaks my heart ,charlie I will be looking to talk with you dog.I wont hold you up cause I know you are busy,I will buy a book and hope you will sign it peace out.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 6:45 p.m.

I listened to his interview on Fresh Air (NPR, natch) and was fascinated by his stories. Even if he's revealing only one facet of Detroit's many issues it's still informative and interesting. I may have to play hookey from work & go grab a copy at the book-signing.

music to my ear

Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 6:52 p.m.

I know right ,I would love to see him get a talk show. this guy does no sugar coating I believe him and his stories, how else would all those people come forward ,to back up his stories.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 6:02 p.m.

I have the market cornered on smoke blowing. He will be hearing from my attorney.

music to my ear

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 7:05 p.m.

its always about YOU lol


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

Charlie LeDuff is a great journalist in the true "muck-raking" tradition, when journalists actually did research and exposed government corruption without worrying about angering their sponsors or advertisers. We need more journalists like him, instead of the "copy/paste journalists" that are so prevalent nowadays.


Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 4:43 p.m.

Charlie often times is blowing smoke. He is quick with the bombastic reporting but does not necessarily target the correct party. For example he bashes the Bing administration for many issues that have plagued the city for years. To correct the deep rooted problems in Detroit it is going to take a miracle. Far too many people without an education, no morals or values, and living off the system. Couple this with a political system that is a sham and it is no wonder Detroit is a quagmire.


Tue, Feb 12, 2013 : 12:07 a.m.

I could care less who he works for. I do find him rather humorous at times but find his reporting to be bush league.

Bertha Venation

Mon, Feb 11, 2013 : 5:14 p.m.

Would that have anything to do with him working for FOX? Just wondering.