A People's History of Detroit is that rare book that is both richly detailed and compelling written. Authors Mark Jay and Philip Conklin first approached the questions animating this text as community members trying to make sense of the “twin spectacles of downtown boosterism and the high-profile SWAT raids” in the Motor City (p. 6). As they read deeper in search of the origins of this urban crisis, they discovered that their starting point continually had to be rolled back. From Detroit's 2013 bankruptcy filing, to the rise of neoliberalism, to the Great Rebellion of 1967, finally rewinding back to the reign of Fordism. In this reverse march through time, they identified that each era became a collision course between those in power and those without, due to the faulty logic of capital, specifically, a capitalist logic powered by the dialectical relationship between creative destruction and mythology.

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