We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Read Online Free - A sweeping collection of new and selected essays on the Obama era by the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me

"We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. Now Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president."

But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period--and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective--the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.

We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates's iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including "Fear of a Black President," "The Case for Reparations," and "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration," along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates's own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.

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ISBN : 0399590560
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 367 pages


Roxane rated it ★★★★☆

October 25, 2017

Review forthcoming. Thoughtful, sobering essay collection with moments of memoir. Some exceptional moments, some repetitive ideas, a glaring absence of reckoning with the intersection of race and gender. Well worth a read.

Bill rated it ★★★★★

January 25, 2018

In We Were Eight Years in Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me (2015), has given us not only another essential work of African American literature but also a classic example of American prose. Although it lacks the concentrated power and beauty of Between the World and Me,...

Darwin8u rated it ★★★★☆

October 18, 2017

"White people are, in some profound way, trapped; it took generations to make them white, and it will take more to unmake them." - Ta-Nehisi Coates, from his notes to the fourth year, We Were Eight Years in Power The framework is basic. Ta-Nehisi Coates takes one essay he wrote from the Atlantic du...

Cheri rated it ★★★★★

October 03, 2017

!! NOW AVAILABLE !! ”People get ready For the train to Jordan Picking up passengers From coast to coast” “Faith is the key Open the doors and board them There's room for all Among those loved the most” -- “People Get Ready” – Curtis Mayfield In 1895, South Carolina congressman Thomas Miller appealed to t...

BookOfCinz rated it ★★★★★

August 21, 2017

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE STUDIED IN SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES. THIS IS ESSENTIAL, MUST READ MATERIAL I cannot stress enough how essential this book is to the world and most importantly to America. This book comes at the most relevant time in America's history and shoul...

Pouting rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2018

Ta-Nehisi Coates was unemployed and struggling before Obama's presidency was announced. With a black person running for president, and becoming president though there was a shift in the opportunities available for a writer who was addressing race. Ta-Nehisi Coates puts together eight essays he wr...

Erin rated it ★★★★☆

December 02, 2017

I of course read Ta-Nehisi Coates bestseller Between The World And Me and loved it(I may reread just to give it a proper review). So when I heard he was publishing a collection of essays he wrote for The Atlantic during the Obama years, I knew I had to read it. I like Mr. Coates felt that the 201...

Erin rated it ★★★★☆

November 18, 2017

Audiobook narrated by Beresford Bennett 13h 39m I have so much to say, but find it difficult to articulate all my thoughts and feelings. Although I think I prefer my "Between the World and Me" audio because it is narrated by the author, this is definitely a great audio that I would recommend. A...

Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

January 25, 2018

Compilation of Atlantic articles across the past eight years. In all likelihood, you've read at least one already, such as "The Case for Reparations", "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration", or "My President was Black", but they are worth going over again. One article is taken from e...

Ken rated it ★★★★★

December 19, 2017

"By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the willows we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for entertainment, our plunderers demanded songs of joy; they said, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ but how can we sing the Lord's songs in a foreign land?"...

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