Between the World and Me Summary
Between the World and Me a #1 New York Times Best Seller named one of the ten best books of 2015.
Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer
“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates powerful, experience-oriented view on one of the most controversial aspects of American history. Coates expresses his concerns and ideals as a father to a son demonstrating his framework to understand American history and also provide a means to explain their current crisis.
Race – this is what American empire and society have been rooted upon, an issue that causes problems for all, but mostly the blacks in America. Exploited through history as slaves and segregated from the finer things in life. And today, beaten, locked up, slandered and killed by ‘society’. Most Americans do not understand what it is like to be inside a black body, the scorn, and ridicule which is felt from all the unavoidable prying eyes. But honestly, how can we escape this deep-rooted truth being passed up to the younger generation.
As Ta-Nehisi Coates attempts to answer these questions in a letter to his son, he shares his truth and his place in the world with personal experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from his childhood home to those lives of children taken as American plunder. 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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