We Were Eight Years in Power

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In this "urgently relevant"* collection featuring the landmark essay "The Case for Reparations," the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me "reflects on race, Barack Obama's presidency and its jarring aftermath"*--including the election of Donald Trump.

New York Times Bestseller - Finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times - USA Today - Time - Los Angeles Times - San Francisco Chronicle - Essence - O: The Oprah Magazine - The Week - Kirkus Reviews

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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. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, 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 election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president."

But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period--and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective--the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.

We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates's iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including "Fear of a Black President," "The Case for Reparations," and "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration," along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates's own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.

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ISBN-13: 9780399590573
ISBN-10: 0399590579
Pagini: 400
Dimensiuni: 131 x 200 x 27 mm
Greutate: 0.30 kg
Editura: Random House

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O carte foarte buna pentru cei interesati de relatiile rasiale din America, in special, dar nu numai, in timpul presedentiei lui Barrack Obama. Autorul ofera o nota de subiectivitate care eleveaza constatarile sale si ajuta cititorul sa perceapa in amanunt tensiunea rasiala din Vest, oferind de asemenea explicatii in legatura cu agenda politica a primului "Black president". Colectia de articole poarta stampila de aprobare a calitatii cu care publicatia The Atlantic si-a obisnuit cititorii.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and the author of the Number One New York Times bestseller, Between the World and Me, winner of the National Book Award ,and of the acclaimed essay collection We Were Eight Years in Power. 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.


I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates
America's latest literary wunderkind... A prodigious talent
We are witnessing greatness. The man and his writing will be studied and revered for generations
[Coates is] the pre-eminent black public intellectual of his generation
We Were Eight Years in Power is an essential text to understand America today
Ta-Nehisi Coates is probably the only magazine writer in the world whose articles are heralded with the same fervor as the release of the latest Beyonce album
A wake up call... More compelling than almost any other public voice about the state we're in. He eloquently conflates the personal, political and existential, while telling it like it is
Coates eloquently unfurls blunt truths... To have such a voice, in such a moment, is a ray of light
Coates succeeds twice over, in justifying not only his account of one election, but the importance of his entire body of work
Brilliant and troubling... Required reading
Coates' always sharp commentary is particularly insightful as each day brings a new upset to the cultural and political landscape laid during the term of the nation's first black president. [A] crucial voice in the public discussion of race and equality, and readers will be eager for his take on where we stand now and why
It's this timeless timeliness--reminiscent of the work of George Orwell and James Baldwin--that makes Coates worth reading again and again
Fiercely passionate, intelligent and clear-eyed
Across his oeuvre, Coates' prose style and literary prowess are hip-hop sharpened: he believes in the art of dexterous reference, potent, lyrical critique and political storytelling
Coates's probing essays about race, politics, and history became necessary ballast for this nation's gravity-defying moment... Essential
Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist . . . His conclusions are disquieting, his writing passionate, his tenor often angry.... Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays"
Powerfully charged
[R]aw and hard to read. You'll never forget his point of view, nor should you
Thus, We Were Eight Years in Power serves as a clarion call for vigilance about the possible erosion of African-American advances presumed sacrosanct. Consider these riveting, well-reasoned ruminations of the most-prodigious black visionary around a must-read indeed