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  • Published: 1 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241982495
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $28.00

We Were Eight Years in Power

'One of the foremost essayists on race in the West' Nikesh Shukla, author of The Good Immigrant




From Obama to Trump, from black lives matter to the rise of the alt-right - THE definitive state-of-the-nation analysis of modern America

From 2008-2016, the leader of the free world was a black man. Obama's presidency was a watershed moment in American history. In those eight years, the political conversation around race, gender, class and wealth shifted drastically - inspiring hope but also attracting criticism and breeding discontent. That discontent ultimately led to a shocking backlash in the election of Donald Trump.

In this essential book, Ta-Nehisi Coates takes stock of Obama's eight years in power, brilliantly navigating the intersections of political, ideological and cultural perspectives. And he reflects on his own journey through these years, weaving the public with the private to create a startlingly intimate and piercingly relevant memoir.

  • Published: 1 November 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241982495
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $28.00

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Praise for We Were Eight Years in Power

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

Fiercely passionate, intelligent and clear-eyed

Newsday

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

[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

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