A Colony in a Nation

A Colony in a Nation

America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a post-racial world, but nearly every empirical measure—wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation—reveals that racial inequality hasn’t improved since 1968. With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller Twilight of the Elites (“a stunning polemic,” said Ta-Nehisi Coates), award-winni...

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Title:A Colony in a Nation
Author:Christopher L. Hayes
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ISBN:0393254224
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

A Colony in a Nation Reviews

  • Hadrian
    May 20, 2017
    Deft and thoughtful little book on the questions of criminal justice, policing, and double standards, and the justifications of order and the need for punishment which fuel trends of violence and repression in policing practices....
  • Ang
    Dec 23, 2016
    This was an amazing read. It's horrifying and depressing, but also enlightening and necessary. I know this will stick with me for a long time (I finished it late last night, and this morning, I've woken up thinking about it), and the questions it raises are so apt for a Chicagoan. Any American, of c...
  • Bill  Kerwin
    Feb 03, 2017
    If you are concerned about criminal justice and policing in America, if you have been enlightened by Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, or moved by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, then Christopher Hayes’ A Colony in a Nation is a book that may both strengthen your know...
  • Esil
    Mar 23, 2017
    A Colony in a Nation made for excellent reading. As the blurb describes, Chris Hayes contends that the US “is fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order; fear trumps civil rights; and aggressive policing resembles occupat...
  • Karen
    Jan 18, 2017
    A COLONY IN A NATION BY CHRISTOPHER L HAYESI am so glad I read this book. It is relevant and an important to the current events happening today in our Democracy. I feel like the author raises important issues. I think it makes and illuminates how there is still racial inequalities in certain states....
  • Rachel
    Feb 06, 2017
    Intensely readable and definitely worth your time. Hayes' thesis, that we don't have one criminal justice system with massive disparities but actually two distinct systems, which operate very differently, opens up some very interesting lines of inquiry. A thoughtful new take on a longstanding proble...
  • Gail
    Apr 14, 2017
    “In the Nation, there is law; in the Colony, there is only a concern with order. In the Nation, you have rights; in the Colony, you have commands. In the Nation, you are innocent until proven guilty; in the Colony, you are born guilty.”—Chris HayesIf you saw Ava Duvernay's Oscar-nomin...
  • Stacy Bearse
    Mar 27, 2017
    I know of Chris Hayes through his television show, and had high hopes for his new book. Hope quickly morphed into disappointment as I plowed through his rambling narrative on racism and the justice system. He randomly touches on hot-button issues - police as warriors, incarceration rates, policing a...
  • Conor
    Apr 25, 2017
    This is a short book, and it sports some plaudits on its back cover from some serious heavyweights. So I guess I was expecting to be wowed a bit. I'm not sure it got me there, but there were some interesting points, however briefly they were explored. The book uses the heuristic of The Colony (inhab...
  • Diane S ☔
    May 21, 2017
    A cry for social justice and a sobering look at our unfair and unequal criminal justice system. Chris Hayes more than adequently pinpoints exactly where and how our justice system has been anything but just for many. The statistics presented and the individual cases were cause for alarm, the rate at...