We Were Eight Years in Power

We Were Eight Years in Power

An American Tragedy

Large Print - 2017
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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 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 Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edition
ISBN: 9780525624516
Characteristics: xxii, 551 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Additional Contributors: Coates, Ta-Nehisi


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OPLJessG Oct 12, 2017

WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER revisits the best of Coates's writing in The Atlantic from the past 8 years - one for every year of Barack Obama's presidency - in the context of today. Coates doesn't mince words; we are living in a racist, imperfect time and there's no guarantee America will see that end in any of our lifetimes. President Obama's election couldn't change it, and now the country has embraced shameless, boldfaced racist rhetoric in direct response to his administration, rather than pretending it doesn't exist. The truth is that America as we know it could not exist without systemic racism built into our laws, into the very founding of the country itself. We have to acknowledge this past in order to start any reasonable discussion of racism today.

This is not a hopeful book. There are no answers within the pages. But if there was ever essential reading, this is a fine place to start.

Sep 25, 2017

I have not read this yet, but did read some of those essays in The Atlantic, not a mag I would recommend - - last really decent story in there was back in 1973 or thereabouts.
This fellow falls into the extremely large class of writers/pundits who believe the politician is at the head of the food chain - - still cannot believe such ignorance and gullibility exists today, but that is part and parcel of the massive pop culture indoctrination to that effect.
The Clintons and Obama, were [are??] owned by BlackRock [an offshoot of the Blackstone Group, founded with Rockefeller family seed money] or at least its proxies. Hillary Clinton's chief advisor [was her name Cheryl Mills or Miller???] was with BlackRock at that time, Bill Clinton received free office space and major donations from the Blackstone Group during his first presidential campaign, and the major donor to President Obama was BlackRock, which he rewarded with that Pentagon/DoD move to privatize their pensions awhile back, which benefitted BlackRock. Politicians are simply those minions of the super-rich above us.


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