“(Maraniss) knows that Detroit’s story is America’s story, that it’s failures and hopes are microcosmic versions of the nation’s. Never has that argument seemed clearer than in “Once in a Great City,” a book that does a great honor to the city that inspired it.” Read the full review here.
From Ron Brownstein’s “It Takes A City” piece for the National Journal: “Even in those years, Detroit suffered from segregation, discrimination, and inequality. But Gordy and Motown showed what’s possible when the spark of private-sector innovation is applied to talent that was systematically developed by public and civic institutions. That’s still the most promising formula for reconnecting all of our communities to opportunity—even if it’s unlikely to again produce the constellation of musical brilliance that Maraniss so vividly recreates.” Read his full story here.
“Maraniss is a tireless and inventive interviewer, and his archival research is prodigious. He knows his subject cold. It all combines to turn this snapshot into a vivid, panoramic portrait of a city on the brink of a spectacular fall.” Read Bill Morris’ full review here.
I sat down with Jeffrey Brown of PBS NewHour during the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Here’s the interview, which aired Oct 5.
Kate Tuttle of the Boston Globe calls Once In a Great City ” a beautifully written tribute to that lost, great city.” Read her capsule review here.
Here’s a Q&A with Julie Hinds of the Detroit Free Press on my Detroit roots, the various threads in Once In a Great City, and they city’s comeback. Also, an excerpt from the book details on upcoming appearances in Detroit.
Today I had the pleasure of talking to Diane Rehm for her popular NPR show. Listen to us talk about Detroit and Once in a Great City here.
From the Detroit News: “Maraniss examines modern history in the dogged manner of David Halberstam and Robert Caro.” Read the full review here.
I spent a memorable day in Detroit with NPR’s Kai Ryssdal discussing Once in a Great City and my Detroit roots. The full Marketplace piece is here, along with some cool extras, including the Eminem commercial that first inspired me (and the story behind that inspiration).
In his review in The Washington Post, Northwestern University professor and National Book Award winner Kevin Boyle describes Once In a Great City as “captivating.” Read the full review here.