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A Colony in a Nation
Contributor(s): Hayes, Chris (Author)

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ISBN: 0393254224     ISBN-13: 9780393254228
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
OUR PRICE: $22.91  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2017

Annotation: An Emmy Award-winning news anchor and New York Times best-selling author argues that there are really two Americas—a Colony and a Nation.
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BISAC Categories:
- Political Science | Commentary & Opinion
- Social Science | Discrimination & Race Relations
- Political Science | Law Enforcement
Dewey: 363.209
Physical Information: 1" H x 6.4" W x 9.1" (1.10 lbs) 256 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Hayes, Chris: - Chris Hayes is the Emmy Award-winning host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, the New York Times best-selling author of Twilight of the Elites, and an editor-at-large at The Nation. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and children.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 January #2)

Hayes (Twilight of the Elites), host of MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes, has written a laser-focused, necessary book about U.S. race relations, primarily the black experience, and law and order as they are experienced across the country. Hayes's main assertion is that the criminal justice system creates two separate Americas with borders drawn along racial lines—the "nation," or white America, with methods of policing characteristic of a democracy that respects the basic rights of its citizenry, and the "colony," black America, which is policed like an occupied state, trampling on the civil liberties of its inhabitants. Hayes's book has a strong through-line comparing the concepts of law and order. Law is defined in the commonly understood sense, while order is explained as a tool used by the state, through the police, to maintain the status quo. The author also ties in the related problem of our status as the most incarcerated nation in the world and why this punitive system is ineffective. This is an important, persuasive book that, if read, can help Americans begin to heal the divide between these two nations. (Mar.)

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