The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates

An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us.

Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in free love, an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. Most of all, he was a wily tactician whose mission was to carry his sons across the shoals of inner-city adolescence—and through the collapsing civilization of Baltimore in the Age of Crack—and into the safe arms of Howard University, where he worked so his children could attend for free.

Among his brood of seven, his main challenges were Ta-Nehisi, spacey and sensitive and almost comically miscalibrated for his environment, and Big Bill, charismatic and all-too-ready for the challenges of the streets. The Beautiful Struggle follows their divergent paths through this turbulent period, and their father’s steadfast efforts—assisted by mothers, teachers, and a body of myths, histories, and rituals conjured from the past to meet the needs of a troubled present—to keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction.

With a remarkable ability to reimagine both the lost world of his father’s generation and the terrors and wonders of his own youth, Coates offers readers a small and beautiful epic about boys trying to become men in black America and beyond.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385526845
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 110,875
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. His book Between the World and Me won the National Book Award in 2015. Coates is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ajayAJ More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book about a family's determination to raise kids to their potential in extremely difficult and precarious times in America. It is wonderful to affirm that there are those fathers who are present and constant in their desire to see their sons and daughthers turn into strong and stable men and women. The writing is rhythmic and speeds you through this saga. I highly recommend it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Unlike so many of his compatriots in the Black Power movement, Paul Coates didn't burn out in disappointment after the heat of '60s idealism turned to ash' This generalized over view should be applied to the anglo saxon idealism of the 60s that indeed did burn out and die of self-absorbed drug induced angst. After all is this not the image we are toughed to learn via Time Magazines 1968 Anniversary issue concentrating on the anglo accomplishments. The Black image is never present as the 'movement' for change or the US government's violence against the Black Panthers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. The Panthers didn't burn out they were murdered and jailed for demanding freedom!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this after reading him in The Atlantic. Interesting and enlightening.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Ta'Nehisi Coates tells of his life in Baltimore growing up with his family in the ghetto. His father had been a member of the Black Panthers and raised his children to get knowledge by reading what most people did not know existed. I did not always understand what Ta'Nehisi was saying but I understood what his father was teaching him and his siblings. I also liked the history that we do not get in school. An interesting read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most confusing books I have ever read. I was so lost I stopped reading the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought and read this for a college class. It really wasn't something that I got into.