We Were Eight Years in Power

An American Tragedy

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 0399590587

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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In these “urgently relevant essays,”* 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 and 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 *Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “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. “Essential . . . Coates’s probing essays about race, politics, and history became necessary ballast for this nation’s gravity-defying moment.”—The Boston Globe
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Summary & Analysis of We Were Eight Years in Power

A Guide to the Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Author: ZIP Reads

Publisher: ZIP Reads

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

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A collection of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Atlantic essays and musings originally published during President Obama’s administration. These essays concern black America and the shift of presidencies today. Don't miss out on this ZIP Reads summary to delve deep into the issues of race in modern and historical America through the eyes of one of the great contemporary essayists of our time. What does this ZIP Reads Summary Include? A synopsis of the original bookAn overview of the essays containedKey takeaways from the bookKey themes from the essays as a wholeIn-depth Editorial ReviewShort bio of the original author About the Original Book: A powerful and moving piece of history and reflection, Ta-Nehisi Coates most recent work explores race and politics during the Barrack Obama presidency. We Were Eight Years in Poweris a necessary collection of previously published essays from the Atlantic. These essays touch on race, politics, and the current state of America. It is a timely and engaging read that will offer readers knowledge, insight, and a thrilling challenge. DISCLAIMER: This book is intended as a companion to, not a replacement for, We Were Eight Years in Power. ZIP Reads is wholly responsible for this content and is not associated with the original author in any way. Please follow this link: http://amzn.to/2FQTAMQ to purchase a copy of the original book. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
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We Were Eight Years in Power

'One of the foremost essayists on race in the West' Nikesh Shukla, author of The Good Immigrant

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241982502

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates' Toni Morrison 'Searing. One of the foremost essayists on race in the West... [He] is responsible for some of the most important writing about what it is to be black in America today' Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant Finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize 2018 Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence 2018 Powerful and necessary, a state-of-the-nation portrait of America under Obama from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Between the World and Me From 2008-2016, the leader of the free world was a black man. Obama's presidency reshaped America and transformed the international conversation around politics, race, equality. But it attracted criticism and bred discontent as much as it inspired hope - so much so, that the world now faces an uncertain future under a very different kind of US President. In this essential new book, Ta-Nehisi Coates takes stock of the Obama era, speaking authoritatively from political, ideological and cultural perspectives, drawing a nuanced and penetrating portrait of America today. RAVE READER REVIEWS: 'Brilliantly written, incisive, and extremely relevant. Read it with your families, use it in your classrooms, give copies to your friends' (Liz) 'Coates thinks more deeply and writes more clearly about the national tragedy and disgrace that is our collective failure to confront the legacy of White Supremacy than just about anyone... I can't recommend it highly enough' (Worddancer Redux) 'Every white person who wants to really know how it looks from 'the other side' should take on the responsibility of reading Coates' eye-opening, informative book... A must read for everyone of every colour' (Indy JV) 'A masterful understanding of how the USA really works' (shedgirl) 'If you want to know the wellsprings of racism in America - then read this book!' (David C. R. Hancock)
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Busted in New York and Other Essays

Author: Darryl Pinckney

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374717141

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 416

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A collection of essays that blend the personal and the social, from the celebrated literary critic and novelist In these twenty-five essays, Darryl Pinckney has given us a view of our recent racial history that blends the social and the personal and wonders how we arrived at our current moment. Pinckney reminds us that “white supremacy isn’t back; it never went away.” It is this impulse to see historically that is at the core of Busted in New York and Other Essays, which traces the lineage of black intellectual history from Booker T. Washington through the Harlem Renaissance, to the Black Panther Party and the turbulent sixties, to today’s Afro-pessimists, and celebrated and neglected thinkers in between. These are capacious essays whose topics range from the grassroots of protest in Ferguson, Missouri, to the eighteenth-century Guadeloupian composer Joseph Bologne, from an unsparing portrait of Louis Farrakhan to the enduring legacy of James Baldwin, the unexpected story of black people experiencing Russia, Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, and the painter Kara Walker. The essays themselves are a kind of record, many of them written in real-time, as Pinckney witnesses the Million Man March, feels and experiences the highs and lows of Obama’s first presidential campaign, explores the literary black diaspora, and reflects on the surprising and severe lesson he learned firsthand about the changing urban fabric of New York. As Zadie Smith writes in her introduction to the book: “How lucky we are to have Darryl Pinckney who, without rancor, without insult, has, all these years, been taking down our various songs, examining them with love and care, and bringing them back from the past, like a Sankofa bird, for our present examination. These days Sankofas like Darryl are rare. Treasure him!”
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Reading Donald Trump

A Parallax View of the Campaign and Early Presidency

Author: Jeremy Kowalski

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319931792

Category: Political Science

Page: 207

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This book provides a scholarly assessment and analysis of the Trump campaign and early presidency. This assessment and analysis is important not only to help provide some coherence to the turbulent and unpredictable character of “Trumpism,” but to contribute to establishing a scholarly foundation for future works that will provide assessments of the Trump presidency in its mid and later stages. Given the divisive and destructive capacity of “Trumpism” and its political and social implications both domestically and internationally, understanding the distinctive political phenomenon of “Trumpism” is necessary if resistance to this transformative moment in American political history is to be successful. This book collects a series of short scholarly contributions on various themes related to “Trumpism” by scholars from disciplines in both the Humanities and Social Sciences.
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Blue Boy

Author: Alan Burley

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0615188052

Category: Poetry

Page: 80

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A Book of emotion based poems and stories, all by a high school senior. These poems will give you a look into the way he looks at life and how he deals with everyday obstacles like love and depression. This book will take you into the mind of a teenage boy, the Blue Boy, Alan Burley.
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Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

Ancient Drama in the Commercial Theater, 1882-1994

Author: Karelisa Hartigan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313292835

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 161

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This assemblage of the performance history of Greek tragedies produced on the American commercial stage with accompanying critics' comments reflects the changes in the social and political climate in each decade of the last century.
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Tragic Island

How Communism Came to Cuba

Author: Irving Peter Pflaum

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Communism

Page: 196

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