Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me Author Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN-10 9780679645986
Year 2015-07-14
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer) #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • People • Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • New York • Newsday • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. Praise for Between the World and Me “Powerful . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “Eloquent . . . in the tradition of James Baldwin with echoes of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man . . . an autobiography of the black body in America.”—The Boston Globe “Brilliant . . . [Coates] is firing on all cylinders.”—The Washington Post “Urgent, lyrical, and devastating . . . a new classic of our time.”—Vogue “A crucial book during this moment of generational awakening.”—The New Yorker “Titanic and timely . . . essential reading.”—Entertainment Weekly

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me Author Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN-10 9780812993547
Year 2015
Pages 152
Language en
Publisher
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD * Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer) "This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men--bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son--and readers--the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. Praise for Between the World and Me "Powerful and passionate . . . profoundly moving . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "Brilliant . . . [Coates] is firing on all cylinders, and it is something to behold: a mature writer entirely consumed by a momentous subject and working at the extreme of his considerable powers at the very moment national events most conform to his vision."--The Washington Post "I've been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates's journey, is visceral, eloquent, and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory."--Toni Morrison "A brilliant thinker at the top of his powers, Coates has distilled four hundred years of history and his own anguish and wisdom into a prayer for his beloved son and an invocation to the conscience of his country. An instant classic and a gift to us all."--Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns "I know that this book is addressed to the author's son, and by obvious analogy to all boys and young men of color as they pass, inexorably, into harm's way. I hope that I will be forgiven, then, for feeling that Coates was speaking to me, too, one father to another, teaching me that real courage is the courage to be vulnerable."--Michael Chabon "A work of rare beauty . . . a love letter written in a moral emergency, one that Coates exposes with the precision of an autopsy and the force of an exorcism."--Slate

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me Author Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN-10 9781922253385
Year 2015-07-16
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Text Publishing
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Winner, Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction, 2015 In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of race and America has remained a brutally simple one, written on flesh: it is the story of the black body, exploited to create the country's foundational wealth, violently segregated to unite a nation after a civil war, and, today, still disproportionately threatened, locked up and killed in the streets. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can America reckon with its fraught racial history? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attempt to answer those questions, presented in the form of a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son the story of his own awakening to the truth about history and race through a series of revelatory experiences: immersion in nationalist mythology as a child; engagement with history, poetry and love at Howard University; travels to Civil War battlefields and the South Side of Chicago; a journey to France that reorients his sense of the world; and pilgrimages to the homes of mothers whose children's lives have been taken as American plunder. Taken together, these stories map a winding path towards a kind of liberation—a journey from fear and confusion, to a full and honest understanding of the world as it is. Masterfully woven from lyrical personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me offers a powerful new framework for understanding America's history and current crisis, and a transcendent vision for a way forward. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story 'The Case for Reparations'. He lives in New York with his wife and son. ‘Coates offers this eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son's life...this moving, potent testament might have been titled Black Lives Matter.’ Kirkus Reviews ‘I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between the World and Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revelatory. This is required reading.’ Toni Morrison ‘Extraordinary...Ta-Nehisi Coates...writes an impassioned letter to his teenage son—a letter both loving and full of a parent’s dread—counselling him on the history of American violence against the black body, the young African-American’s extreme vulnerability to wrongful arrest, police violence, and disproportionate incarceration.’ David Remnick, New Yorker ‘A searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today...as compelling a portrait of a father–son relationship as Martin Amis’s Experience or Geoffrey Wolff’s The Duke of Deception.’ New York Times ‘Coates possesses a profoundly empathetic imagination and a tough intellect...Coates speaks to America, but Australia has reason to listen.’ Monthly ‘Heartbreaking, confronting, it draws power from understatement in dealing with race in America and the endless wrong-headed concept that whites are somehow entitled to subjugate everyone else.’ Capital ‘In our current global landscape it’s an essential perspective, regardless of your standpoint.’ Paperboy

Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates Summary Analysis

Between the World and Me  by Ta Nehisi Coates   Summary   Analysis Author Elite Summaries
ISBN-10 9781537293837
Year 2017-09-14
Pages 60
Language en
Publisher Elite Summaries
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Between the World and Me: by Ta-Nehisi Coates | Summary & Analysis A Smarter You In 15 Minutes… What is your time worth? In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates shares all of his answers in a letter to his son, and the readers. It is a story of his awakening to a very deep realization about his place in the world. It is a story of how he experienced series of revelations, in Howard University to the Civil War battlefields, to Chicago and Paris. Ta-Nehisi Coates also recounted his childhood home, and the living rooms of mothers whose children were taken away. Ta-Nehisi Coates provides a powerful understanding on American history and its current crisis. Through his book, Coates evokes the readers thought on the issue of race, segregation, slavery, murder, and exploitation of the black people. Presented in a beautiful personal narrative, Between the World and Me presents a nice flashback of the past, an outline of the present, and a vision for the future. This book does not only inspire, but it also sinks deep in the readers’ emotion. Between the World and Me is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, a National Book award winner, a NAACP Image award winner, and a Pulitzer Prize finalist. It was named one of the ten best books of the year by the press, which includes The Washington Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, and Vogue, amongst others. It is simply a great testimony of one man's experience, and an appreciative offering.

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me Author Clarity Hawkins
ISBN-10 1517140781
Year 2015-09-01
Pages 28
Language en
Publisher
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You Need To Read This Book because this will help you dive deeper into the world of Ta-Nehisi Coates.#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Between the World and Me," by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a modern pillar in American literature. In the form of a letter, Coates manages to address American race relations in the past, present, and future. While the letter contains a wealth of information and insight, so much can be easily lost through his constant wavering between discussion and story. This sidekick to "Between the World and Me" has done the work of combing through the book for you and offers a crisp explanation of every major theme. Broken into chapters, the reader can easily follow themes along through each chapter by referencing the included quotations. A summary of each chapter is also provided as a refresher. The full poems and essays referenced in the epigraph and in each chapter are provided with a concise analysis allowing the reader to understand Coates' choices and their reflection of the rest of the book. A read through Coates' best seller isn't nearly a mind opening as when read alongside the sidekick. You'll put down "Between the World and Me" feeling enlivened by your understanding of the complexities of racism in America and of the various ways Coates talks about it. While reading this sidekick you'll have the chance to: Delve deeper into the major themes of the novel Analyze the full works of each poem and essay mentioned and their relation to the letter Get to know the authors Coates admires Grow your understanding of the allusions and references Arm yourself with the tools to discuss this book with confidence Disclaimer: This book serves as an accompaniment to the bestseller "Between the World and me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It is meant to broaden the reader's understanding of the book and to offer some insights which can easily be overlooked. You should order a copy of the actual book before reading this.

Between the World and Us

Between the World and Us Author Petar Divjak
ISBN-10 0692582916
Year 2015-12-10
Pages 102
Language en
Publisher
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A workingman's response to the book "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This book as was Mr. Coates' book is written as an essay letter from a father to a son warning him about the temptation to use racism as a means of survival in life. It analyzes the Coates' book as being an example of modern day "bullshit" about racism that serves more to promote racism by its nonsense categories than to diminish it. This book goes on to argue that polemics on racism miss the true fight as being an economic struggle between working and ruling classes of society. This book argues further that for an individual not only to defeat the temptation to be a racist individually but to go on to establish a social normative basis to make it an evil requires a realization of Despair in life and then the will to overcome this Despair by accepting a "Slave Morality."

The Beautiful Struggle

The Beautiful Struggle Author Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN-10 0385526849
Year 2008-05-06
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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An exceptional father-son story from the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me about the reality that tests us, the myths that sustain us, and the love that saves us. Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in free love, an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization. Most of all, he was a wily tactician whose mission was to carry his sons across the shoals of inner-city adolescence—and through the collapsing civilization of Baltimore in the Age of Crack—and into the safe arms of Howard University, where he worked so his children could attend for free. Among his brood of seven, his main challenges were Ta-Nehisi, spacey and sensitive and almost comically miscalibrated for his environment, and Big Bill, charismatic and all-too-ready for the challenges of the streets. The Beautiful Struggle follows their divergent paths through this turbulent period, and their father’s steadfast efforts—assisted by mothers, teachers, and a body of myths, histories, and rituals conjured from the past to meet the needs of a troubled present—to keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction. With a remarkable ability to reimagine both the lost world of his father’s generation and the terrors and wonders of his own youth, Coates offers readers a small and beautiful epic about boys trying to become men in black America and beyond. From the Hardcover edition.

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me Author Tomcat Publishing
ISBN-10 1516966503
Year 2015-07-28
Pages 30
Language en
Publisher
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Disclaimer: This is an independent and unofficial addition to Between the World and Me, meant to enhance your experience of the original book. If you have not yet bought the original copy, make sure to purchase it before buying this unofficial summary.SPECIAL OFFER $2.99 (Regularly priced: $3.99) Between the World and Me was published in 2014 after the highly public and racist acts of law enforcement agents against blacks. The events that followed was a racist fueled terrorist act in Charleston, South Carolina. Ta-Nehisi's book talks about racial issues surrounding America and his personal experiences growing up around these issues. There is a residual skeletal outline that surrounds the travesties and effects of the kingdom serial and racial issues surrounding contemporary America. This book is written as a long personal narrative and letter written to his fourteen year old son who is going to grow up within the confines of a racist and prejudiced system. This review offers a detailed summary of the main themes of the book, followed by an analysis. Ta-Nehisi Coates is known as the forefront author in regards to racial issues. He is known for his previous books and is known for writing in several famous publication. He graduated from Howard University.Read more.... Download your copy today! for a limited time discount of only $2.99! Available on PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. (c) 2015 All Rights Reserved

Ta Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me Summary

Ta Nehisi Coates  Between the World and Me Summary Author Ant Hive Media
ISBN-10 1532789513
Year 2016-04-16
Pages 24
Language en
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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This is a Summary of Ta-Nehisi Coates' #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Between The World And MeHailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer)"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it."In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men-bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son-and readers-the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review * O: The Oprah Magazine * The Washington Post * People * Entertainment Weekly * Vogue * Los Angeles Times * San Francisco Chronicle * Chicago Tribune * New York * Newsday * Library Journal * Publishers WeeklyAvailable in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book but don't have the current time to devour all 176 pages. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. This is a summary that is not intended to be used without reference to the original book.

Summary Ta Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me

Summary Ta Nehisi Coates  Between the World and Me Author Ant Hive Media
ISBN-10 1540718956
Year 2016-11-30
Pages 32
Language en
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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This is a Summary of Ta-Nehisi Coates' #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Between The World And MeHailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer)"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it."In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men-bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates's attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son-and readers-the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review * O: The Oprah Magazine * The Washington Post * People * Entertainment Weekly * Vogue * Los Angeles Times * San Francisco Chronicle * Chicago Tribune * New York * Newsday * Library Journal * Publishers WeeklyAvailable in a variety of formats, this summary is aimed for those who want to capture the gist of the book but don't have the current time to devour all 176 pages. You get the main summary along with all of the benefits and lessons the actual book has to offer. This summary is not intended to be used without reference to the original book.

The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time Author James Baldwin
ISBN-10 9780804149723
Year 2013-09-17
Pages 128
Language en
Publisher Vintage
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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me Author Adam Green
ISBN-10 1523710683
Year 2016-01-28
Pages 32
Language en
Publisher
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Between the World and Meby Ta-Nehisi Coates - Key Summary & AnalysisNote: This book is a summary and analysis of Between the World and Me: by Ta-Nehisi Coates.The Between the World and Me: by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Key Summary & Analysis is an explanation of the book written by Ta-Nehisi who is an African American. The Coates points at the bitter realities of the racism in America. He wrote this book after he noticed his son sobbing after a decision against black American. After this incident, the son was full of fear and he wrote this book to increase his courage. He shares his experience and struggles while living in different cities. It explains the incidents in his life that he is sharing with his son to increase his courage.This book explains the bitter realities associated with the lives of Black Americans. The summary and analysis book is designed with important quotes taken from this book and their explanation. This is a quite summary and you can understand the core idea behind this book and the thoughts of the author. It will increase your wisdom and you can learn lots of hidden realities about cruel culture in America. The black people are forced to accept the supremacy of white people. You should read this book because it will help you to understand the original book written by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Summary and Analysis of Between the World and Me

Summary and Analysis of Between the World and Me Author Worth Books
ISBN-10 9781504043076
Year 2016-11-29
Pages 30
Language en
Publisher Open Road Media
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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Between the World and Me tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates includes: Historical context Section-by-section summaries Themes and symbols Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Written in the form of a letter to his young son, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s National Book Award winner, Between the World and Me, is a powerful personal essay that addresses the history of racism in America and its impact on our lives today. Using his own experiences and observations as a starting point, Coates poses questions and imparts insights about the systematic oppression of persons of color, covering topics from the dark days of slavery to growing up in Baltimore in a “black body” to all-too-common instances of police brutality and everyday discrimination. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Conversations on Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates

Conversations on Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates Author Daily Books
ISBN-10 154129355X
Year 2017-01-03
Pages 66
Language en
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPERthan the surface of its pages. The characters and its world come alive, and even after the last page of the book is closed,the story still lives on, inciting questions and curiosity.Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed tobring us beneath the surface of the pageand invite us into this world that continues to lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: * Foster a deeper understanding of the book* Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups* Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately* Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen beforeDisclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience of Between the World and Me. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.

Lower Ed

Lower Ed Author Tressie McMillan Cottom
ISBN-10 9781620971024
Year 2017-02-28
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher New Press, The
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More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit colleges, from the small family-run operations to the behemoths brandished on billboards, subway ads, and late-night commercials. These schools have been around just as long as their bucolic not-for-profit counterparts, yet shockingly little is known about why they have expanded so rapidly in recent years—during the so-called Wall Street era of for-profit colleges. In Lower Ed Tressie McMillan Cottom—a bold and rising public scholar, herself once a recruiter at two for-profit colleges—expertly parses the fraught dynamics of this big-money industry to show precisely how it is part and parcel of the growing inequality plaguing the country today. McMillan Cottom discloses the shrewd recruitment and marketing strategies that these schools deploy and explains how, despite the well-documented predatory practices of some and the campus closings of others, ending for-profit colleges won’t end the vulnerabilities that made them the fastest growing sector of higher education at the turn of the twenty-first century. And she doesn’t stop there. With sharp insight and deliberate acumen, McMillan Cottom delivers a comprehensive view of postsecondary for-profit education by illuminating the experiences of the everyday people behind the shareholder earnings, congressional battles, and student debt disasters. The relatable human stories in Lower Ed—from mothers struggling to pay for beauty school to working class guys seeking “good jobs” to accomplished professionals pursuing doctoral degrees—illustrate that the growth of for-profit colleges is inextricably linked to larger questions of race, gender, work, and the promise of opportunity in America. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with students, employees, executives, and activists, Lower Ed tells the story of the benefits, pitfalls, and real costs of a for-profit education. It is a story about broken social contracts; about education transforming from a public interest to a private gain; and about all Americans and the challenges we face in our divided, unequal society.