The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

Ta-Nehisi Coates


An extraordinary father-son story from the nationwide publication Award–winning writer of Between the global and Me about the truth that checks us, the myths that maintain us, and the affection that saves us.

Paul Coates was once an enigmatic god to his sons: a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers, an old-school disciplinarian and new-age believer in unfastened love, an autodidact who introduced a publishing corporation in his basement devoted to telling the real background of African civilization. so much of all, he was once a wily tactician whose undertaking used to be to hold his sons around the shoals of inner-city adolescence—and in the course of the collapsing civilization of Baltimore within the Age of Crack—and into the secure palms of Howard collage, the place he labored so his kids may well attend at no cost.

Among his brood of 7, his major demanding situations have been Ta-Nehisi, spacey and delicate and nearly comically miscalibrated for his setting, and massive invoice, charismatic and all-too-ready for the demanding situations of the streets. The attractive fight follows their divergent paths via this turbulent interval, and their father’s steadfast efforts—assisted by way of moms, lecturers, and a physique of myths, histories, and rituals conjured from the prior to satisfy the wishes of a stricken present—to maintain them complete in an international that appeared bent on their destruction.

With a notable skill to reimagine either the misplaced international of his father’s iteration and the terrors and wonders of his personal formative years, Coates bargains readers a small and lovely epic approximately boys attempting to turn into males in black the United States and beyond.

From the Hardcover edition.

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