Coates, Ta-Nehisi. BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME. New York City, NY: Spiegel & Grau, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. As New/As New.

Book-length account on subject. One of the most important books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a very small and limited first print run by a small press as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Ta-Nehisi Coates' "Between The World And Me". His breakthrough book. "Americans have built an empire on the idea of race, a falsehood that damages us all, but falls most heavily on the bodies of black men and women, bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage. Clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward" (Publisher's blurb). "Visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. Its examination of the hazards and hopes of black life is as profound as it is revelatory" (Toni Morrison). Ta-Nehisi Coates' thesis comes directly from the central insight of Existentialist philosophy: That the human being is embodied spirit, existential rather than essential, the soul ("mind/reason") as inseparable from actual, physical reality ("body"). The title of his book and his epistolary anthem-line sum this up beautifully: "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within all of it" (Ta-Nehisi Coates). As such, this fact is true of everyone - acutely so, of black people - despite history's relentless attempts to negate it by differentiating between human beings through a "natural" pecking order of superior, inferior, and even sub-human races. Racism persists today through both an explicit, intellectually-thought-out, and fully-articulated ideology as well as deeply ingrained, thought-less, historical prejudice. They are related, but they are two very different phenomena. An absolute "must-have" title for Ta-Nehisi Coates collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2015 Souvenir Program during which event his signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: This "breakthrough" book was published by a small press. By the time Ta-Nehisi Coates toured to promote it, the book was already in innumerable subsequent printings, which almost all other copies (especially, signed ones) available online are. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0812993543. $150.00

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