Reviews and Attention

Detroit Resurrected cover draft

New York Times: "Nathan Bomey’s “Detroit Resurrected” is the most thoroughly reported account of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history. It also stands as a valuable work of urban policy. The overarching theme of the book is how Detroit turned to bankruptcy to restore the social contract."

Mitch Albom Show: Audio from the Mitch Albom show from April 26, 2016

Detroit Free Press: Excerpt: Pills or Picassos?

Detroit Free Press: A conversation with Nathan Bomey

USA Today: Excerpt: How Wall Street enabled Detroit's collapse

MLive: 'Detroit Resurrected' tells complex tale of largest municipal bankruptcy in US history

Michigan Radio: In new book, Nathan Bomey chronicles Motor City bankruptcy

WDET: Detroit Resurrected: New book explores city's bankruptcy

Publisher’s Weekly: “The Motor City’s recent fiscal implosion sparks an unlikely outbreak of civic-mindedness in this stirring saga. … Bomey deftly elucidates the intricacies of law and finance that shaped the case while painting colorful profiles of the principals and their sharp-tongued, profane wrangling (and occasional fits of conscience). Scrupulously fair to all parties and their grievances, Bomey reveals that behind the crass bean counting stood a fractious community pulling together to value and rescue a long-neglected city.”

The Millions "Bomey does a superb job of laying out the origins and depths of Detroit’s fiscal and political woes. He has done prodigious research into archives and court documents, interviewed all the players, and woven a tangled mass of facts into a narrative that reads like a thriller."

Kirkus Reviews: “Well-paced and highly readable. … It’s an important subject, since the tale of Detroit’s financial woes can serve as a case study on how other cities can deal with economic transition. ... An engaging reconstruction of Detroit’s financial crisis and the broader implications of its comeback for other American cities.”

The New Yorker’s “The Best Facts I Learned from Books in 2015”: “There are many grim facts in Nathan Bomey’s forthcoming book about the bankrupting of Detroit. … But what stayed with me most was all those dead streetlights, some of them stripped by thieves for their copper, others simply victims of an ancient and neglected infrastructure: a once-great city gradually going dark.”

Thomas J. Sugrue, author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit, winner of the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History: “One of our most talented young reporters, Nathan Bomey goes behind the scenes to offer a dramatic account of the debates, deliberation, and deal-making that brought Detroit out of its unprecedented bankruptcy. Bomey brings a human eye to the cold realities of municipal finance and urban politics, through well-drawn portraits of the investors, pensioners, union leaders, politicians, philanthropists, lawyers, and judges at the heart of the case.”

Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary: “No one covered Detroit’s historic municipal bankruptcy more closely than former Detroit Free Press reporter Nathan Bomey. And his unpacking of it here is superlative—not only the sordid history and mechanics of how and why Detroit went broke, but also how it got through court-supervised restructuring and emerged in a position to do better by its residents. With deep reporting and incisive insights, Bomey takes readers inside the process in a way only he could. If you care about cities—past, present, or future—Detroit Resurrected is a must-read.”

Booklist (subscription required): "As other cities flirt with a similar financial fate, Bomey’s intricate saga of how Detroit walked back from the brink of destruction provides an unrivaled glimpse into what went wrong and an unflinching evaluation of what it takes to overcome detrimental political shenanigans and dubious financial practices. ... Bomey’s insider account ... entertains with its fly-on-the-wall intimacy and keen observations."

American Bankruptcy Institute: Long form interview by Melissa Jacoby, law professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.