Between The World And Me (Paperback)Ta-Nehisi Coates (author)
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Framed as a letter to his son, Coates’s intimate and eloquent dissection of America’s tumultuous relationship with race is an invigorating collection of personal flashpoints that broadened the author’s understanding of racial injustice.
The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant "government of the people" but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term "people" to actually mean.
For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, the mystery of race, an abstract concept that put the safety of him and the people he loved the most, including his son, in constant jeopardy.
Here, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings - moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's "long war on black people," or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police.
In his trademark style - a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage - Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here.
Publisher: Text Publishing
Number of pages: 166
Weight: 212 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 19 mm
Edition: UK ed.
'I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates' journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.' - Toni Morrison
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