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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 03-23-17

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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!!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Chris Hayes - A Guy To Be Listened To

Glad I got the Audible.com version. Chris delivers a riveting performance of his book. Totally mind opening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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I'm an admirer of Chris Hayes. Really appreciated the work reporters like Hayes, Ryan Reilly, & Wes Lowery did in Ferguson. Hayes ' colony v. nation is an effective framework for the contrasts of the 2 Americas that co exist. His colonial history was informative as well. Since I watch his show regularly, I was attuned to his narration. The words sounded like him so I was glad the voice was him. I wish the topic of order/disorder got more exposure.

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