We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

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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 • One of Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of the Year • One of USA Today’s top 10 books of the year • New York Times Notable Book

“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era… (more)

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It should inspire us as writers, and as Americans, that he urges us, in exile or online, to become better — or at least clearer on why we’re not.

Perhaps Coates’ response is found in the sharpest and most reverberating question of the entire volume: “How do you defy a power that insists on claiming you?”

It is to Coates’s credit, though, that by the time you’re done reading “We Were Eight Years in Power,” you also see what he does — namely, that far too many whites are overlooking what is so plainly staring them in the face, and that America couldn’t have a black president without boomeranging back to its ugliest self.


Book Details  


Publisher: One World (October 03, 2017)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 416 pages

File size: 6.6 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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