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A Colony in a Nation

Chris Hayes (Author)

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New York Times Bestseller
New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice

"An essential and groundbreaking text in the effort to understand how American criminal justice went so badly awry." —Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me

In A Colony in a Nation, New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor Chris Hayes upends the national conversation on policing and democracy. Drawing on wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis, as well as deeply personal experiences with law enforcement, Hayes contends that our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, the law is venerated. In the Colony, fear and order undermine civil rights. With great empathy, Hayes seeks to understand this systemic divide, examining its ties to racial inequality, the omnipresent threat of guns, and the dangerous and unfortunate results of choices made by fear.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • March 2018
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35542-0
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 272 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Hayes’s forceful analysis…compel[s] readers to wrestle with some very tough questions about the nature of American democracy.” — Khalil Gibran Muhammad, New York Times Book Review

“[Hayes is] the young left’s most erudite and urgent interpreter.” — Rachel Maddow

“[P]erhaps the first significant theorization on race of the Trump era.” — Matthew Pulver, Salon

A Colony in a Nation is a highly original analysis of America’s arbitrary and erratic criminal justice system. Indeed, by Hayes’s lights, the system is not erratic at all—it treats one group of Americans as citizens, and another as the colonized. This is an essential and groundbreaking text in the effort to understand how American criminal justice went so badly awry.” — Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me

“Terrific and really important.” — Rebecca Traister

“A timely and impassioned argument for social justice.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This readable and thoughtful work will appeal to readers interested in civil rights and criminal justice, and is especially insightful.” — William D. Pederson, Library Journal

“Important, persuasive.…[A Colony in a Nation] can help Americans begin to heal.” — Publishers Weekly

“Chris Hayes’ ominous account of what’s ailing America… [offers a] rare view into a wide racial and class cross-section of society.” — Ryan Cooper, The Week

“An up-to-date (and masterfully interwoven) blend of statistics, history, and analysis.” — Peter C. Baker, Pacific Standard

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