We Were Eight Years in Power

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We Were Eight Years in Power
AuthorTa-Nehisi Coates
SubjectRace in the United States
PublisherOne World
Publication date
October 3, 2017
ISBN978-0-399-59056-6 [1]

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy is a 2017 collection of essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates originally published in The Atlantic magazine between 2008 and 2016 over the course of the American Barack Obama administration. It includes the titles that launched his career: "The Case for Reparations" and "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration". Each of the essays is introduced with the author's reflections.[1]

Time magazine listed We Were Eight Years in Power as one of its top ten non-fiction books of 2017.[2]


  1. "'This Is How We Lost to the White Man'"
  2. "American Girl"
  3. "Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?"
  4. "The Legacy of Malcolm X"
  5. "Fear of a Black President"
  6. "The Case for Reparations"
  7. "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration"
  8. "My President Was Black"


  1. ^ a b "Rev. of We Were Eight Years in Power". Publishers Weekly. August 14, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Howorth, Claire (November 21, 2017). "The Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017". Time. Retrieved December 13, 2017.

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