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

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

"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...

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Reviews

  • Erin
    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 2016 e...
  • 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...
  • BookOfCinz
    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...
  • Hadrian
    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 each...
  • Erin
    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. As m...
  • 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. ...
  • Pouting Always
    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 wrote...

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