Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me is a 2015 book written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and published by Spiegel & Grau. It is written as a letter to the author's teenaged son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being black in the United States. Coates recapitulates the American history and explains to his son the "racist violence that has been woven into American culture." Coates draws from an abridged, autobiographical account of his youth in Baltimore, detailing the ways in which institutions like the school, the police, and even "the streets" discipline, endanger, and threaten to disembody black men and women. The work takes inspiration from James Baldwin's 1963 The Fire Next Time. Unlike Baldwin, Coates sees white supremacy as an indestructible force, one that black Americans will never evade or erase, but will always struggle against. Novelist Toni Morrison wrote that Coates filled an intellectual gap in succession to James Baldwin. Editors of The New York Times and The New Yorker described the book as exceptional. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times felt that Coates overgeneralized at times and did not consistently acknowledge racial progress over the course of centuries. The book won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction[3][4] and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction.[5]

The 499th greatest nonfiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on The 100 best books of the 21st century (The Guardian)
  2. - National Book Award - Nonfiction (National Book Foundation)

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Between the World and Me (Thorndike Press Large Print Popular and Narrative Nonfiction) Library Binding 1006440 $30.82 $15.21 2016
Between the World and Me Paperback 7499 $10.30 $9.99 2015
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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Hardcover 46170 $12.50 $3.50 2017
Between the World and Me (English and French Edition) Paperback 759239 $6.97 $8.01 2017
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Paperback 21253 $11.76 $9.29 2018
Between the World and Me Kindle Edition 9996 $9.99 2015
Between the World and Me Hardcover 3862 $8.00 $1.97 2015