Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story - David Maraniss
David Maraniss grew up in Detroit, and in his eighth book the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, biographer, and author of the classic study of America during the Vietnam War years, They Marched into Sunlight, profiles some of the better days this struggling city has seen. Once in a Great City (Simon & Schuster, $32.50) takes us back to 1962. Between that fall and the spring of 1964, Detroit experienced an economic and cultural boom; from Motown’s release of recordings by riveting new performers to Ford’s production of the Mustang, from the local civil rights leaders’ involvement with planning Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington to Walter Reuther’s work on progressive labor movement reform, Detroit was setting the pulse of the nation. Maraniss brings the music and politics to life—and also shows how the shadows of a darker future were already present in the entrenched organized crime, discriminatory housing practices, and racial tensions. Throughout this sweeping American tale, Maraniss’s writing is always breathtaking.