Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Release Date: 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,272 Ratings

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NAMED ONE OF TIME’S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE • PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST
 
Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race” (Rolling Stone)
 
NAMED ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE DECADE BY CNN • NAMED ONE OF PASTES BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • People • Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • New York • Newsday • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly
 
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

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Reviews

  • 4/5

    4
    By lamm_ie
    Such an eye-opener! Definitely a must read.
  • Captivating, this book

    5
    By steelcitychick
    I read this book in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the protests that have erupted - at last - with this straw of racial injustice that has broken the back of our society. Mr. Coates’s writing illuminates many concepts, including living in fear of having his body taken (being killed), and the cost of the American Dream, built on the backs of oppression and death (from slaves building the Capitol and National Mall to modern day killing of innocent African Americans by police and a collective forgetting that happens after the tragic events). This is an extremely important book, published in 2015 and so relevant today. Reading and meditating on this book may help us open our eyes to the cost of the Dream, and consideration of a better future and present.
  • Yes you

    5
    By appledude3187
    Yes you please call
  • Beautifully written

    5
    By Andrea Hamlett
    Highly recommended. It is said that you must work to stay conscious, reading this book is one step you can take! I could read this over & over.
  • HHonorshk

    4
    By louis opinion
    Li right hv)
  • Speechless

    5
    By Ireke Onuma
    This is good. Top draw. Just amazing.
  • Read with your Black sons and daughters

    5
    By Born Gift3d
    Great read for anyone looking to explore the subconscious and overt realities of being Black in America!!!
  • Incredible

    5
    By TherealMcpiff
    Incredible book. A MUST READ for all in the community.
  • Must read

    5
    By TheArchons
    Great book
  • Opinionated Fantasies

    1
    By mod669898
    If you buy in to all this garbage, great. You’ll love the book. If you are a person of reason, don’t waste your time.

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