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

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

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...

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  • Andre
    Superb. Ta-Nehisi Coates has become the go-to guy on writing about race from the perspective of African-Americans. Happily, this is a role he doesn't shirk from, in fact he eagerly embraces his status. "I had become The Atlantic’s “Black Writer”—a phrase that described both my id...
  • Ken Moten
    "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!’" - Psalm 137:1-3"I had started in an unemployment ...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!”People get readyFor the train to JordanPicking up passengersFrom coast to coast”“Faith is the keyOpen the doors and board themThere's room for allAmong those loved the most” -- “People Get Ready” – Curtis MayfieldIn 1895, South Carolina congres...
  • Cindy
    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 should b...
  • Bam
    An excellent collection of essays written by Coates during the eight years of Barack Obama's administration. Where is the 'American tragedy' you may ask? In what follows those eight years. In the shattering of 'the dream of a post-racial America.'"...writing is always some form of interpretation, so...
  • Clif Hostetler
    This book is a collection of eight essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates previously published in The Atlantic, one from each year of the Obama administration. Each essay is accompanied with an opening commentary that describes the circumstances, political environment and state of mind in which the essay was wr...
  • Darwin8u
    "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 PowerThe framework is basic. Ta-Nehisi Coates takes one essay he wrote from the Atlantic durin...
  • Bill  Kerwin
    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, the...
  • Roxane
    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. ...

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