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A Colony in a Nation

Narrated by: Chris Hayes
Length: 5 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,238 ratings)

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Emmy Award-winning news anchor and New York Times best-selling author Chris Hayes argues that there are really two Americas: a Colony and a Nation. America likes to tell itself that it inhabits a postracial 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 best seller Twilight of the Elites ("a stunning polemic," said Ta-Nehisi Coates), award-winning journalist Chris Hayes offers a powerful new framework in which to understand our current crisis. Hayes contends our country has 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 occupation. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution?

Blending wide-ranging historical research with political, social, and economic analysis, A Colony in a Nation explains how a Nation founded on justice constructed the Colony - and how it threatens our democracy.

©2017 Chris Hayes (P)2017 Recorded Books

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So much to this book!

First of all, I really enjoyed listening to the author tell this story. He has such professional and personal ownership of the story and it resonates throughout. Which is good, because I know I'm going to have to re-listen to it, and possibly go buy a copy. There is so much to this story, and I thought I kind of understood the nuances of it before reading this. Not close. Every one needs to read this. we might understand each other so much better if we did.

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Great food for thought!

This book does well to take us far back in our history to understand the roots of our not so new punishment and imprisonment system that has now run amok. Chris helps us to think of uur own prejudices and question what we consider to be valid beliefs. More myths busted. More wondering how we will get our society to fix this atrocity that continues every minute, every day.

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Thought provoking!

This is not easy to listen to although interesting with excellent storytelling. It makes you question much you have previously thought. It is never boring!

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brilliantly written.

I loved how he was able to connected the dots between the past colonial rule with the present and it's eye opening. I'm a huge fan of Chris Hayes and his passion and brilliance comes through in this book. His coverage and analysis of the events in Ferguson and the death of Michael Brown, Freddy Gray, Tamir Rice is spectacular.

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Eye opening to say the least.

If you care about; social justice, history, economics, politics, governance and media this book and his reading of it will captivate you.

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A Powerful Essay for All to Read!

Chris Hayes 'A Colony in a Nation' coupled with Michelle Alexander's 'The New Jim Crow' provide wonderfully analytical look at law & order in America. While carefully detailing how the huge economic divide treats each. A must read!!

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you guys Chris Hayes does voices

the book was great and well researched yada yada yada. you get to hear Chris Hayes do voices. It's pretty damn funny.

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Surprisingly Good

I was in two minds as to whether Chris Hayes was the right person to be weighing in institutional racism and policing in the US. Overall my view is that TV talking heads are good at acting like they know about current affairs, but that there is less below the surface than you would think. This book exceeded that expectation. I wouldn't call it academic although he does a pretty good job drawing on a lot of the best scholarship on the topic and refers to that work in careful and nuanced ways (I have read other authors that seem to quote other thinkers after reading the amazon blurb for the book). More importantly he gives a perspective on the story that makes it an "advantage" that he is a rich white man offering an opinion. How? I think the best example is where he contrasts policing in "colony" neighborhoods with that on college campuses. The framing is spot on - a sharp divide between what policing looks like when you do/don't see the value and potential of the people being policed. he is honest about his own position and bias and it helps. As expected he reads it really well. Maybe even "too well" - the familiar cable news animation can get a little overwhelming. Finally, the book deserve A LOT of credit for only being 5 hours long. I think a lot of non-fiction authors would benefit from following this lead - make a careful point with your best evidence and then end the book...rather than repeat the same idea for another 5, 10, or 15 hours. I am slightly surprised to say that I strongly recommend you read this book

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It was good

I a Hispanic male who grew up in the Bronx I understand where where he is coming from yet I wish I had more of a solution to this problem I enjoyed the book it was interesting and good to listen to if you everything that's going on.

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Interesting Premise

Details the current state of affairs in this divided country. Knowing a problem is halfway to solving it. Hopefully more people read this. Then as a nation maybe we could move to the next step, solving the systemic racism and absorb the "colony" into full equal status.

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