We Were Eight Years in Power (audiobook)

An American Tragedy

13.7 hrs • 11 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Social Science
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 10/03/17
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- 10/03/17 9780525494805
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Summary

New York Times bestseller

In these “urgently relevant essays,” (Kirkus Reviews), the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its 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.

We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates’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, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era.

We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.ext

Review Quotes

“Essential…Coates’ probing essays about race, politics, and history became necessary ballast for this nation’s gravity-defying moment.”

Boston Globe

“Ta-Nehisi Coates has published a collection of the major magazine essays he wrote throughout the Obama years…But Coates adds an unexpected element that renders We Were Eight Years in Power both new and revealing. Interspersed among the essays are introductory personal reflections…Together, these introspections are the inside story of a writer at work, with all the fears, insecurities, influences, insights and blind spots that the craft demands. ”

Washington Post

“Stunningly incisive essays…Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)