Books: Whence Detroit

MEN, MONEY AND MOTORS—Theodore F. MacManus and Norman Beasley—Harpers ($3).

Thirty years ago Detroit was a far-seeing city. Horses still clop-clopped over its pavements but people were talking about steam and electric transportation. Those who were foolish enough to think of gasoline got what they deserved. They had faith in the ex-superintendent of the Detroit Edison Company, who promised to build ten cars for $10,000. He spent $86,000 of their money and they thought they were lucky to get him to resign. The urchins were right when...

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