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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American…

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy (2017)

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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This is a well written essay collection discussing race, politics, poverty, class, crime, red-lining, and sexism. The author’s information included lots of facts, statistics, polling numbers and covered various historic periods of strife, slavery, references to Jim Crow, issues facing Urban America and the inner cities. He also covers the struggles experienced by the underclass. A very informative read and a helpful referrence piece for looking at ways to view and assist our society. ( )
  cmelitawebb | Feb 5, 2019 |
As powerful and tragic as everyone is saying. ( )
  Katie_Roscher | Jan 18, 2019 |
much better than Between the world and me, this book of essays includes some of his best
work, on Obama , and his own feelings,, including his work on reparations. ( )
  annbury | Dec 28, 2018 |
We Were Eight Years in Power collects eight of Coates's essays originally published in The Atlantic--one from each year of Barack Obama's presidency--as well as an introduction, a reflection on each essay written for the collection, and an epilogue, written after the 2016 election. The essays are all about race, and a few of them are also about the Obamas specifically. This collection is required reading for any American who wants to understand where we are as a country and work to get to some reckoning with why. I found the pieces about the Civil War, reparations, mass incarceration, and the ascent of our 45th president particularly compelling and convicting. This is a hard read but a desperately necessary one. Recommended. ( )
  lycomayflower | Nov 4, 2018 |
A wonderful read. If you're looking for an answer to 'how did we get here?' in the age of Trump, this is the book you're looking for.
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  LinzFG | Oct 20, 2018 |
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"'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 examine the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period--and the effects of the persistent 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 Coasste'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' own experiences, obsservations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era"--Jacket.… (more)

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