Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates is an American author and journalist known for his writing on cultural, social, and political issues, particularly regarding African Americans and white supremacy. He has written for 'The Atlantic' and is the author of the memoir 'Between the World and Me,' which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2015. Coates has also worked on the 'Black Panther' and 'Captain America' series for Marvel Comics.


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  1. 1. Between the World and Me

    The book is a profound work that explores the concept of race in America through the lens of the author's personal experiences. It is written as a letter to the author's teenage son, offering him a stark portrayal of his place in a society that is marked by racial injustice. The narrative provides a deeply personal analysis of American history and its lasting impact on the African American community, with the author sharing his experiences of fear, violence, and struggle. It is an exploration of the physical and psychological impacts of being black in the United States, and a call for a deeper understanding of the nation's racial history.

    The 2179th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Water Dancer

    This novel follows the life of a young slave, Hiram Walker, who possesses a mysterious power related to memory and water, which he discovers after almost drowning. His journey from the plantations of Virginia to the Underground Railroad and the abolitionist movement in the North is filled with loss, love, and a desperate desire for freedom. The narrative explores themes of slavery, racial injustice, and the power of memory and storytelling, all underpinned by the protagonist's supernatural abilities.

    The 8186th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Black Panther By Ta Nehisi Coates Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet Book One

    In this thought-provoking graphic novel, the Black Panther faces the immense challenge of ruling the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda while also addressing the growing unrest among its citizens. As he grapples with political intrigue and an uprising led by a mysterious figure, the Black Panther must confront the complexities of power, identity, and the responsibilities that come with being a leader. With stunning artwork and a compelling narrative, this volume explores themes of social justice, cultural heritage, and the struggle to protect one's people.

    The 10216th Greatest Book of All Time