Between the World and Me

Winner, National Book Awards 2015 for Nonfiction

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates book cover, 2015
ISBN 978-0812993547
Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, The Water Dancer, and Between the World and Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. More about this author >

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Between The World and Me is a brutally honest portrayal of the plight of the African-American male in this country.  Composed as a letter to his adolescent son, Ta-Nehisi Coates writes with chilling bleakness and precision about racism in America.  This is no simple account of racism, but rather a concise attack on a system which has consistently rendered black lives worthless.  Incorporating history and personal memoir, Coates has succeeded in creating an essential text for any thinking American today.