We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

by Ta-Nehisi Coates


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ISBN-13: 9780399590566
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 113,763
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me. 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

1 Notes from the Fifth Year 5

"This is Now We Lost to the White Man" 13

2 Notes from the Second Year 35

American Girl 45

3 Notes from the Third Year 61

Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War? 71

4 Notes from the Fourth Year 85

The Legacy of Malcolm X 93

5 Notes from the Fifth Year 109

Fear of a Black President 119

6 Notes from the Sixth Year 151

The Case for Reparations 163

7 Notes from the SEVENTH Year 211

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration 223

8 Notes from the Eighth Year 285

My President was Black 291

Epilogue 341

Acknowledgments 369

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling. Should be read by every person who had descended from Africa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coates is an incredible writer and thinker!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish he would now use his insight and intelligence to offer a way forward to a more humane country,
Crimald More than 1 year ago
An insightful book Just as with "Between the World and Me", Coates' work is impressive, poignant, and resonant. The language is beautiful, and all of his arguments are intently supported with evidence that adds credibility to the artful language. I would not recommend this book as a sequel to "Between the World and Me"; the format is very different. It is a compilation of articles he wrote for The Atlantic during Obama's presidency, with in-between more current comments and narrations of Coates' perspective on them now. It is NOT a glorification of Obama - quite the contrary, it is more critical of him than I would have expected, and critical of almost all political parties and ideologies. It is also not a piece of anger literature against the sects of America that elected Donald Trump, although those feelings of anger are definitely depicted. It recalls all parts and pieces of America's racial history in incredible debt and does not focus exclusively on BLM or even MLK's Civil Rights Movement. I would recommend it strongly.