We Were Eight Years in Power
An American TragedyDownloadable Audiobook - 2017
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."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 examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting 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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2017
Characteristics: 1 online resource (11 audio files) : digital
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