Ta-Nehisi Coates masterfully writes his memoir, "Between the World and Me," as a series of letters to his teenage son on what it means to be a black man in contemporary American society. Coates engages difficult realities of white supremacy, state violence, and systematic racism through both current events and personal experiences. Although these topics are heavy and difficult, Coates writes in accessible language in an understandable and moving way. The entirety of this book is difficult, enlightening, heartbreaking, infuriating, and overall, touching. A must read for those interested in social sciences (race and gender studies) and political science (current events).
"For Ta-Nehisi Coates, history has always been personal. At every stage of his life, he's sought in his explorations of history answers to the mysteries that surrounded him -- most urgently, why he, and other black people he knew, seemed to live in fear.What were they afraid of? In Tremble for My Country, Coates takes readers along on his journey through America's history of race and its contemporary resonances through a series of awakenings -- moments when he discovered some new truth about our long, tangled history of race, whether through his myth-busting professors at Howard University, a trip to a Civil War battlefield with a rogue historian, a journey to Chicago's South Side to visit aging survivors of 20th century America's 'long war on black people,' or a visit with the mother of a beloved friend who was shot down by the police. In his trademark style -- a mix of lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, essayistic argument, and reportage -- Coates provides readers a thrillingly illuminating new framework for understanding race: its history, our contemporary dilemma, and where we go from here"--