A Colony in a Nation

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A Colony in a Nation Book Summary

New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning news anchor 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, yet nearly every empirical measure—wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation—reveals that racial inequality has barely improved since 1968, when Richard Nixon became our first “law and order” president. With the clarity and originality that distinguished his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our national conversation on policing and democracy in a book of wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis.

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. A Colony in a Nation explains how a country founded on justice now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution?

A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that began in the 1960s and peaked in the 1990s, and the unprecedented decline that followed. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial conflict, as well as deeply personal experiences with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken windows” theory to the “squeegee men” of late-1980s Manhattan, to show how fear causes us to make dangerous and unfortunate choices, both in our society and at the personal level. With great empathy, he seeks to understand the challenges of policing communities haunted by the omnipresent threat of guns. Most important, he shows that a more democratic and sympathetic justice system already exists—in a place we least suspect.

A Colony in a Nation is an essential book—searing and insightful—that will reframe our thinking about law and order in the years to come.

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A Colony in a Nation - Chris Hayes Reviews

  • A Book That Makes You Ask Questions

    By Plissken51
    It may not be a book full of answers but it does have research, context and ideas. If you are willing to learn about how other Americans live in this country than it is certainly worth picking up.
  • A Book That Describes The City Around Me

    By Athompstone1969
    This book is a must-read for anyone living in one of America's cities (and highly recommended for everyone else). I live in a large East Coast city and am a member of the Nation. I, like most members of the Nation, live in proximity to the Colony. The difference between the two is staggering, and this book illuminates those differences. The story is bleak but not without hope for the future, for progress.
  • Can't wait

    By hannablue
    This better be good. I'm excited about reading it....

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