We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
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Published By Hamish Hamilton
ISBN : 9780241325230
Category : North America
Format : Hardback
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Probably the most discussed magazine piece of the Obama era (New York Magazine on 'The Case for Reparations')

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 on 'Between the World and Me')

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 (Booklist)

It's this timeless timeliness--reminiscent of the work of George Orwell and James Baldwin--that makes Coates worth reading again and again (Publishers Weekly)

Brilliant and troubling...required reading (Vogue.com)

Fiercely passionate, intelligent and clear-eyed (Newsday)

In this essential follow-up to Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates bears witness to the extraordinary eight-year period in American history which began with the unprecedented election of a black president, Barack Obama, and ended, following a vicious backlash, with the election of the man Coates argues is America's 'first white president'.

We Were Eight Years in Power powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from an intimate and revealing perspective: the point of view of a young writer who begins his journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval office, interviewing a president. The story of these eight years reaches far beyond presidential politics. It is the story of the new voices, ideas and movements that emerged over this period - and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of America's old and unreconciled history of slavery and white supremacy.

Seamlessly combining history, memoir, argument and reportage, We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital, eloquent and impassioned account of modern America from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.

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