We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy


I had never seen a black man like Barack Obama. He talked to white people in a new language-as though he actually trusted them and believed in them. It was not my language...White people were enchanted by him-and those who worked in newsrooms seemed most enchanted of all.

From 2008-2016, the leader of the free world was a black man. 

Obama's presidency reshaped America and transformed the international conversation around politics, race, equality. But it attracted criticism and bred discontent as much as it inspired hope - so much so, that the world now faces an uncertain future under a very different kind of US President.

In this essential new book, Ta-Nehisi Coates takes stock of the Obama era, speaking authoritatively from political, ideological and cultural perspectives, drawing a nuanced and penetrating portrait of America today.

Powerful and necessary, a state-of-the-nation portrait of America under Obama from the prize-winning, bestselling author of Between the World and Me and The Beautiful Struggle.

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Published by Penguin Books Ltd


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