In these “urgently related essays,”* the Nationwide E-book Award–successful creator of Between the World and Me “displays on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—together with the election of Donald Trump.
“We had been eight years in energy” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians because the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule within the South. On this sweeping assortment of recent and chosen essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that historical past in our personal time: the unprecedented election of a black president adopted by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the person Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”
However the story of those present-day eight years isn’t just about presidential politics. This guide additionally examines the brand new voices, concepts, and actions for justice that emerged over this era—and the results of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s previous and unreconciled historical past. Coates powerfully examines the occasions of the Obama period from his intimate and revealing perspective—the viewpoint of a younger author who begins the journey in an unemployment workplace in Harlem and ends it within the Oval Workplace, interviewing a president.
We Had been Eight Years in Energy options Coates’s iconic essays first revealed in The Atlantic, together with “Worry of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Household within the Age of Mass Incarceration,” together with eight contemporary essays that revisit every year of the Obama administration by means of Coates’s personal experiences, observations, and mental growth, capped by a bracingly unique evaluation of the election that totally illuminated the tragedy of the Obama period. We Had been Eight Years in Energy is an important account of contemporary America, from one of many definitive voices of this historic second.
*Kirkus Opinions (starred evaluation)
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