Broke offers an urgent, narrative account of a city’s bankruptcy and its aftermath, told through the lives of seven valiantly struggling Detroiters.

In the lead up to Detroit’s July 2013 bankruptcy, and in its aftermath, dramatic headlines, thousands of column inches, hundreds of news reports, and a goodly number of books explained the process and possible benefits of municipal bankruptcy. But rarely in all that reporting was the impact on the people living in the city discussed.

Jodie Adams Kirshner is a research professor at New York University. Previously on the law faculty at Cambridge University, she also teaches bankruptcy law at Columbia Law School. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, past term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a technical advisor to the Bank for International Settlements. She received a prestigious multi-year grant from the Kresge Foundation to research Broke.

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Broke on C-Span Book TV

Broke on C-Span Book TV

https://www.c-span.org/video/?466933-1/broke 00:00:00 STARTING NOW, IT'S BOOK TV IN PRIME TIME. IN JUST A MOMENT, THE IMPACT THAT DETROIT'S BANKRUPTCY HAS HAD ON THE CITY'S POOR. THEN VANDERBILT...

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Broke excerpted in the New York Times

Broke excerpted in the New York Times

‘Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises,’ by Jodie Adams Kirshner: An Excerpt Nov. 19, 2019 Prologue: Springtime in Detroit Miles strode through the streets of Detroit, long-legged and focused, carrying a cup of keys to all the houses he...

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Broke reviewed in the New York Times

Broke reviewed in the New York Times

NONFICTION ‘Broke’ Chronicles a City Out of Cash and Awash in Desperation An abandoned home on Detroit’s east side, 2017.Credit...Erin Kirkland for The New York Times By Anna Clark Nov. 19, 2019, 5:00 a.m. ET BROKE Hardship and Resilience in a City of...

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Broke Wins Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing

Broke Wins Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing

2020 Working-Class Studies Association Awards for work produced in 2019 July 5, 2020 (Download the press release here). CONTACT: Cherie Rankin, immediate-past president and 2019 awards organizer Each year, the Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) issues...

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Contribution to Niskanen Center Think Tank

Contribution to Niskanen Center Think Tank

https://www.niskanencenter.org/we-must-do-better-than-bankruptcy-for-virus-stricken-cities/ BY JODIE KIRSHNERAPRIL 16, 2020 “I just go outside for air and go right back inside the house,” Stevie, an African American man in Detroit in his mid-40s, said. “For the past...

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Broke in New York Journal of Books

Broke in New York Journal of Books

“Jodie Adams Kirshner brings together a wide cast of those most affected and thereby opens the case of and for Detroit and our other large cities suffering financial strain.” Jodie Adams Kirshner is well qualified to write such a book on bankruptcy and its broad...

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