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The Beautiful Struggle
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

ISBN: 9780385527460
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 6 January 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.2 x 1.5
Description:
An exceptional father-son storyfrom the National Book Award winning author of"Betweenthe 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 myth...

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