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Book review: The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehsi Coates

By Houman Barekat   March 2016

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9781784785345-max_221-2f336ce58c4ddd79edcc4929d85fe5a2The American writer Ta-Nehisi Coates rose to prominence in 2014 with a trenchant essay advocating reparations for slavery.

Between the World And Me, an impassioned polemic on racial politics and state violence, was published to widespread critical acclaim last year and became a New York Times bestseller. Coates has been called the unofficial spokesperson of the Black Lives Matter campaign; Toni Morrison has even likened him to James Baldwin. A new edition of his lesser-known first book (published in the United States in 2008) brings his memoir to a British readership…

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