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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

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"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 ...more
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by One World
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Nancy I think it'd be great for book club - there's definitely a lot to discuss! There's an essay from each year that Obama was in office, so it provides a …moreI think it'd be great for book club - there's definitely a lot to discuss! There's an essay from each year that Obama was in office, so it provides a historical framework. Coates prefaces each essay with his thoughts about the piece now, so you can analyze his analysis :)(less)
Natasha I agree with Susan. Also because Coates speaks in depth about his friend Prince's death in Between the World and me, and makes reference to it in Eigh…moreI agree with Susan. Also because Coates speaks in depth about his friend Prince's death in Between the World and me, and makes reference to it in Eight Years. However, Eight Years can be picked up and put down between chapters. So, if you wanted to totally nerd out, you could start with Eight Years, then stop and read Between the World and Me after "year 6" of eight years. (less)

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Книгата събира 9 текста, написани горе-долу в периода на президенството на Барак Обама, включително ужасно важните за мен още когато излязоха в The Atlantic преди години The Case for Reparations и The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Всеки текст е придружен от коментар на автора, написан за това конкретно издание, където той описва контекста на живота и страната си в момента на писането, както и критикува аспекти на самата статия.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, a finalist for the National Book Award. A MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow, Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story "The Case for Reparations." He lives in New York with his wife and son. ...more

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