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

  • 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....
  • Laurie
    Feb 01, 2017
    Thanks to Net Galley, I was able to read this fascinating new book by MSNBC anchor, Chris Hayes. Hayes writes a scholarly yet engrossing new book looking at the various nuances of law and the explication of so-called 'order' in today's America. Borrowing the quote from Richard Nixon for his title, h...
  • 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...
  • Liz De Coster
    Mar 21, 2017
    Hayes' thesis is a bit challenging to describe briefly. He applies it to many contemporary racial and political issues as well as relaying personal experiences, and it ended up feeling a bit stretched to me. Not necessarily in a bad way, but a slightly shorter book might have focused his impact.Haye...
  • Douglas Lord
    Mar 19, 2017
    This’ll pop yer eyes open a lot wider. This admirable gut-check on race relations and sociopolitics will be deservedly cataloged near Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. As a document that speaks to normal, open-minded dudes like you and ...
  • 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...