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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (Hardback)
  • We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (Hardback)

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (Hardback)

Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 05/10/2017
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I had never seen a black man like Barack Obama. He talked to white people in a new language-as though he actually trusted them and believed in them. It was not my language...White people were enchanted by him-and those who worked in newsrooms seemed most enchanted of all.

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.

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 and The Beautiful Struggle

'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

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241325230
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 34 mm

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 *
We Were Eight Years in Power is a brilliant summation of Coates' essential philosophies... We're witnessing greatness. The man and his writing will be studied and revered for generations * Minneapolis Star Tribune *
[Coates is] the pre-eminent black public intellectual of his generation * The New York Times *
We Were Eight Years in Power is an essential text to understand the America we're living in today * W Magazine *
Coates eloquently unfurls blunt truths ...There is no disputing that Coates writes what he means and speaks what he feels. To have such a voice, in such a moment, is a ray of light * USA Today *
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 * Baltimore Sun *
Coates's probing essays about race, politics, and history became necessary ballast for this nation's gravity-defying moment... Essential * The Boston Globe *
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" * Kirkus *
Powerfully charged * GQ *
Coates, then, succeeds twice over, in justifying not only his account of one election, but the importance of his entire body of work * The New Statesman *
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 * The Observer *
America's latest literary wunderkind... such a prodigious talent * The Sunday Times *
[R]aw and hard to read. You'll never forget his point of view, nor should you * Glamour *
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 * The Mississippi Link *
Simply put, incredible. One of the foremost essayists on race in the West * Nikesh Shukla *
Ta-Nehisi Coates is probably the only magazine writer in the world who articles are heralded with the same fervor that might greet the release of the latest Radiohead or Beyonce album * Financial Times *

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