We Were Eight Years in Power
An American TragedyBook - 2017
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AnnabelleLee27 Jan 26, 2018
Thorough, thought-provoking, challenging, well written, and bleak. This book is a series of essays published during the Obama presidency, each with a newly written introduction - these reflective and often personal introductions were some of the best and most moving elements of the book. Coates... Read More »
lindab1111 Jan 14, 2018
Comprehensive. Well written. Thoughtful. Most chilling prediction: "Trumps legacy will be exposing the patina of decency for what it is and revealing just how much a demagogue can get away with. It does not take much to imagine another politician, wiser in the ways of Washington, schooled in... Read More »
vm510 Nov 30, 2017
This book of essays from Ta-Nehisi Coates is worth a read and made me think in new ways. Specifically, I saw a black conservatism I didn't know much about before. My favorite essay by far is "Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?" for its insight on revising and reframing history. C... Read More »
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pg 159 For Americans, the hardest part of paying reparations would not be the outlay of money. It would be acknowledging that their most cherished myth is not real.
pg 125 Barack Obama governs a nation enlightened enough to send an African American to the White House, but not enlightened enough to accept a black man as president.
pg 62 We forget that there were those who loved that old country as it was, who did not lament the divisions but drew power from them.
pg 39 We struggle to avoid our feelings, because to actually consider all that was taken, to understand that it was taken systemically, that the taking is essential to America and echoes down through the ages, could make you crazy.
pg 10: I know now that that hunger is a retreat from the knotty present into myth and that what ultimately awaits those who retreat into fair tales, who seek refuge in the mad pursuit to be made great again, in the image of greatness that new was, is tragedy.
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