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Coates, Ta-Nehisi. WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. New York City, NY: One World Publishing, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 375 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most important literary events 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 small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. "Autographed Copy" round white sticker pasted in front. Presents Ta-Nehisi Coates' "We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy". His sequel-of-sorts to his breakthrough classic, "Between The World And Me" (2015). Confirms Ta-Nehisi Coates' stature as indisputably, the most important American public intellectual of our time, black or white. "The First White President" is the best essay on its subject ever written thus far, clarifying and describing in a dispassionate, fact-based, and intricately argued manner, why Donald Trump won. Yes, of course, this question will be litigated and re-litigated for the next fifty years if not the rest of the 21st century. Still, Coates' dazzling synthesis will remain indispensable. In sum: It was NOT Hillary Clinton who ran a "politically correct", "identity politics" campaign. It was, in fact, Trump, and he won because it united a narrow but decisive white majority - including, devastatingly, white women - who felt threatened by the seemingly irresistible rise of their fellow Americans as a political force: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, and the LGBTQ community, all of whom did vote for HRC in overwhelming numbers. Coates persuasively argues that contrary to popular wisdom, Trump did not win because he appealed to the economic anxieties of the "forgotten" working class unless by the latter, one means the white working class. In which case, he prevailed because he, a New York City billionaire, cynically exploited their cultural-identity anxieties, not economic ones. The fact is that Clinton won, again in overwhelming numbers, the non-white working class, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, who are substantially poorer than the "anxious" white working-class voter. Alas, even Bernie Sanders (whom Coates supported before switching to Clinton) does not get this: The issue of social (that is to say, racial), not just economic, justice remains the blind spot of the Progressive Left, who will, as a result, keep losing general elections simply by being who they are. Coates remembers the Obama Years with an Essay assessing each of his eight years in power, building up to then tragically ending (hence the book's title) with Trump's victory, a massive Obama backlash (for Trump, this was deeply personal) that turned Clinton (who fully embraced Obama) into collateral damage. Make America Great (White) Again, the racist platform through which Trump ran, won, and now governs, will persist through both a fully-articulated ideology as well as deeply ingrained prejudice. They are related, but they are two different phenomena. No one has unpacked them with the same penetrating insight and brilliance as Coates has. An absolute "must-have" title for Ta-Nehisi Coates collectors. This Autographed 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, as many copies available online are. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is now collectible, an instant 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. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0399590560. $100.00

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