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A Colony in a Nation Audiobook

A Colony in a Nation

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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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    Crystal Broadnax 04-18-17 Member Since 2014
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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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    ed dieringer 03-27-17
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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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Drake T. Neal CARY, NC, US 03-26-17
    Drake T. Neal CARY, NC, US 03-26-17 Member Since 2017
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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!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    R N M Norwood MA 03-23-17
    R N M Norwood MA 03-23-17
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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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    Lonzie 04-11-17
    Lonzie 04-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book"

    Chris Hayes uses experience from his own life and well as historical narratives to emphasis the gulf between the life experience from most black and brown people to that of most most whites. I feel that he has the discussion with an accusatory tone that can manifest itself in this genre of books written by some white liberals.

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    KTKeen 04-01-17
    KTKeen 04-01-17
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    "The story was great but the audio cut out often."
    What made the experience of listening to A Colony in a Nation the most enjoyable?

    The personal weave of the author throughout the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writers opinion about the big picture at the end.


    What does Chris Hayes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Being able to close my eyes :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was more then one to be sure.


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    The book was fantastic. The read by Chris Hayes was great. I just wish the audio wouldn't have cut out and skip when it did... Yes, I was able to go back and catch what I almost missed so... All's well that ends well, I guess.

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    Alberto Martinez 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    K.Asante East Coast 05-29-17
    K.Asante East Coast 05-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a great read with a powerful message"

    if you're a fan of mr. Chris Hayes and I am and this is a book you're probably planning on reading anyway. I just finished reading this both in Kindle form and audiobook and I have to say this is some of his best work. the book is written in a very simple style easy to digest and filled with personal stories that are interesting and still get to the heart of the matter which is the powerful message that he is trying to convey.

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    Mary 05-28-17
    Mary 05-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The uncomfortable truths exposed"

    Since the recent presidential election, I live with feelings of disbelief that my fellow citizens, friends, and even my own spouse voted for a man filled with hatred, ignorance, and disgusting hedonistic behavior. This new reality is tangible and uncomfortably physical in the pit of my stomach every day. This book opened my eyes to the reasons so many chose to vote the way they did. It does not make me feel any better but at least I can understand. The author layed it all out so
    I can finally see the very uncomfortable and depressing reason so many people made this horrific choice. I am female. 66 years old, white, and a college graduate. I am a Hospice nurse and see firsthand the great equalizer of all people as they face death. I demonstrated against Vietnam and marched with Martin Luther King. When we finally elected our first black president, I thought " yes.. we finally are heading in the right direction". I had the same thought as I saw LBGT citizens finally gaining acceptance. So I was and continue to be completely dumbfounded as I watch our new reality unfold day after day. This author was able to take the reader step by step to the realization that those people who voted for Trump are not evil. They were victims of their innermost fears and grabbed Trump like a life preserver as he convinced them they were drowning in a changing Country that had forgotten them.

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    Sandra Luce 05-24-17
    Sandra Luce 05-24-17
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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