The Beautiful Struggle

The Beautiful Struggle : A Memoir

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Powerfully evocative, Coates recalls life of struggle on the edge of chaos, and what is was like to be a young black man in desperate times. Ta Nehisi grew up in 1980s Baltimore when the city was on the verge of chaos: drugs, gangs and the constant threat of violence haunted the young black man's life wherever he went. A boy need to learn the knowledge fast and Coates's father, Paul, was a fine teacher: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian, an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. As the father kept his family safe, he also taught his two sons the tactics to survive and make it out, eventually making it to Howard University. THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE is a moving father and son story, about the reality that tests us and the love that saves us.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 35mm | 255g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784785342
  • 9781784785345
  • 99,568

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"The young James Joyce of the hip-hop generation." - Walter Mosley "A remarkable, blunt portrait of an adolescence filled with danger, chaos, flaws, and tragedy ... a love story, dispatched from the frontlines of a family." - Time Out New York "A kind of hip-hop Portrait of the Artist." - Guardian "The intellectual heir to James Baldwin." - Financial Times "a moving father-and-son story ... an intense portrait of those whom the black revolution left behind, but who never broke faith with its tenets." - New York Review of Books "Told in a dreamy, lyric register redolent of a voiceover in a movie flashback, The Beautiful Struggle is both a touching portrait of filial affection and a paean to the redemptive power of culture" - Prospect "One of the most high-profile commentators on race in the United States ...Reading this book is an intoxicating experience" - Bernardine Evaristo, New Statesman "Forces us to ask how far American society has really come, and how much further it has to go." - Financial Times
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About Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story "The Case for Reparations." His second memoir 'Between the World and Me' was a hugely acclaimed and best selling book, shortlisted for the National Book Award. In 2015, Coates was awarded a MacArthur Genius Award
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8,004 ratings
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3 17% (1,382)
2 2% (199)
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