The author wrote this book as a letter to his son about what it means to be black in America. His words and ideas are valuable for every American regardless of race or politics. The author not only describes his personal experiences and feelings but also analyzes race in the broader context of American society and history. His powerful insights are the product of a brilliant mind. The audio is read by the author. I haven’t been so moved by a book since reading “A House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout.
“The powerful story of a father’s past and a son’s future . . . Coates offers this eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life. . . . This moving, potent testament might have been titled Black Lives Matter.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Ta-Nehisi Coates is the James Baldwin of our era, and this is his cri de coeur. A brilliant thinker at the top of his powers, he has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country. Between the World and Me is an instant classic and a gift to us all.”—Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns