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The Detroit Almanac

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The Detroit Almanac is the most comprehensive reference book ever assembled on the metro area, with more than 1,000 photos and graphics covering Southeastern Michigan's three eventful centuries.
Paperback, 624 pages
Published October 13th 2000 by Detroit Free Press, Inc.
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Aug 23, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Fishface by: DGM
This was simply a compilation of all kinds of information from the Free Press on Detroit's history, from the beginning of white occupation of the area. I was hoping for a much bigger crime section, and strangely, it avoids covering actual crime IN DETROIT like the plague, at least after the Great Depression. They covered 3 Michigan serial killers, but only 1 of them was even in the Metro area. It didn't include stories on the missing 5- to 7-year-olds who kept disappearing on their way to school ...more
Claire S
This is formatted not so much as straight text, but more like a Guinness Book of World Records type thing. Lots of photos and graphics, and each page has multiple headlines followed by a paragraph or two of text, or a list, or bullet points, or what have you. The overall tone is positive and bursting with energy. The intro briefly skims over some of the challenges facing the city, the whole rest of it is for the most part a celebration.

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Jun 27, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: detroit-ophiles
This book is fascinating to pick up and leaf through at random. I wish the Free Press would put out an updated edition, because there are so many great new stories and figures (KWAME) that need to be included!

Paging through this book is similar to being let loose in the Freep's clippings and photo archives - only without the dust. It's organized by topic so it's easy to skip to what interests you and it's nicely sectioned so that you can skim past an entry you don't care about.

Charming, interes
May 16, 2016 Lola rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE
I have four words for you: endless and mind-numbingly boring. Don't even think about picking this up. Trust me, there isn't anything in there about Detroit that you really need to know. Here's what you should know about Detroit: 1) Don't walk there at night after eight, 2) The Lions suck, and 3) There are actually some fun things to do in Detroit if you know where to look. There you go, the basics of Detroit laid out for you. No reason to pick this up now!
Dec 19, 2007 Melody rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all Detroiters
In spite of this book's most obvious handicap (it was published by the Free Press), the Detroit Almanac is one of my favorite books. You can pick it up at any point in the book and learn something new each time. It has all the info you could care about regarding the Detroit area, from the very start of its history, to current pop culture. I look forward to an updated version in the next decade.
Very very good overview book on Detroit and its history et al. I'm very glad I started some research with this book, as it directed me toward other sources and ideas due to my lack of history.

Now I think I'll need to have the 2006 updated edition for my own shelves, as the library always wants its copies back.
Jan 21, 2008 Kristeeeee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
A must for anyone living in and around Detroit, or anyone who has a slight interest in the city's ruffian origins.
Feb 28, 2008 Vicki marked it as to-read
Hey, it looks interesting to a girl who grew up south of the great city of Detroit :)
Nov 06, 2012 G rated it really liked it
I can't believe how much I learned about Detroit from this book. Read it now!
Aug 24, 2007 Barbarajean rated it really liked it
i actually read this whole thing. It's a bit out-of-date though.
Feb 01, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what fun reading about the history of Detroit!
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