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20 Best Ta-Nehisi Coates Books

Ta-nehisi Coates Books: Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates is an American author and journalist. Coates gained a wide readership during his time as a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he wrote about cultural, social, and political issues. Below we’ve compiled a list of 20 Ta-Nehisi Paul Coates books for your enjoyment.

Ta-nehisi Coates Books

Between the World and Me Jul 14, 2015 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

The Water Dancer: A Novel Sep 24, 2019 by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he’s enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy Oct 3, 2017 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”

But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.

The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood May 6, 2008 by Ta-Nehisi Coates


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 myths, histories, and rituals conjured from the past to meet the needs of a troubled present—to keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction.

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults) Jan 12, 2021 by Ta-Nehisi Coates


As a child, Ta-Nehisi Coates was seen by his father, Paul, as too sensitive and lacking focus. Paul Coates was a Vietnam vet who’d been part of the Black Panthers and was dedicated to reading and publishing the history of African civilization. When it came to his sons, he was committed to raising proud Black men equipped to deal with a racist society, during a turbulent period in the collapsing city of Baltimore where they lived.

Coates details with candor the challenges of dealing with his tough-love father, the influence of his mother, and the dynamics of his extended family, including his brother “Big Bill,” who was on a very different path than Ta-Nehisi. Coates also tells of his family struggles at school and with girls, making this a timely story to which many readers will relate.

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Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet Book 1 (Black Panther (2016-2018)) Aug 31, 2016 by Ta-Nehisi Coates , Stan Lee

A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) takes the helm, confronting T’Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group calling itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. As suicide bombers terrorize the population, T’Challa struggles to unite his citizens, and a familiar villain steps out of the shadows. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt — but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!

Black Panther Book 8: The Intergalactic Empire Of Wakanda Part Three (Black Panther (2018-)) Jan 8, 2020 by Ta-Nehisi Coates ,

Has T’Challa learned what it means to be king just in time to lose his kingdom? Weeks ago, the Black Panther disappeared on a mission into deep space, leaving behind his country, his family and the woman he loves. Now, at last, find out what Wakanda Prime has done without its king! And light-years away, as the race against Emperor N’Jadaka’s expansion continues, the goddess Bast makes a dramatic move and T’Challa reaches out for the life he left behind! The Maroons are looking to turn the tide, but when N’Jadaka comes for his revenge, will T’Challa’s plan be enough to free those the Empire has enslaved and open his pathway home? And even if he can, can he truly rid himself of the Intergalactic Empire and its despotic ruler?

Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 3: The Legend Of Steve (Captain America (2018-)) Mar 25, 2020 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Captain America must find a way to prove his innocence. Framed for a crime he did not commit and pursued by a dogged Nick Fury, Steve Rogers takes the fight back to the Power Elite and their insidious minions — with help from the Daughters of Liberty! First, it’s a trip to the border with White Tiger to uncover secrets behind the group known as THEM! Then, Cap and Mockingbird journey to Iowa, where THEM holds an entire town in thrall! And Cap and Jessica Drew must tackle a familiar foe who is contaminating the water supply of a rust belt city! But when the killing of a cop sets off a powder keg in the New York streets, can Cap help Misty Knight contain it — while remaining one step ahead of the conspiracy against him?

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 2 (Black Panther (2016-2018)) Jan 24, 2017 by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Counting down the final days of the kingdom of Wakanda! As Zenzi and The People poison Wakanda’s citizens against the Black Panther, a cabal of nation-breakers is assembled. And Ayo and Aneka, the Midnight Angels, are courted to raise their land to new glory! His allies dwindling, T’Challa must rely on his elite secret police, the Hatut Zeraze, and fellow Avenger Eden Fesi, a.k.a. Manifold! And with T’Challa’s back truly against the wall, some old friends lend a hand: Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Storm! But Wakanda may be too far gone for this all-new, all-different crew — and there’s one job the Panther must handle alone. Only he can voyage into the Djalia! Getting there is hard enough, but can he even find his sister Shuri inside Wakanda’s collective memory?

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 (Black Panther (2016-2018)) Apr 12, 2017 by Ta-Nehisi Coates


The full truth of the People’s revolution – and the power players supporting it – has been revealed! Now, T’Challa must fight like never before for the fate of his nation – and one of his most trusted allies is back to stand by his side. As the final battle begins, the entirety of Wakanda’s glorious history may be their most potent weapon. But even if the People fall, can the monarchy still stand? The pieces are all in position, now it’s time for Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze to knock over the board as their revitalization of Black Panther continues!

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Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 1 Collection (Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Collection) by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A new era for the Black Panther begins as the kingdom of Wakanda enters what might be its final days! National Book Award winner and New York Times Best-Selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) confronts T’Challa with dramatic upheaval in his homeland that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the country famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil! As Zenzi and Tetu, leaders of The People, poison the populace against its king, the spirit of T’Challa’s presumed-dead sister, Shuri, makes a transformative journey through Wakanda’s past, and a group of heroes, including Storm and Luke Cage, come together as The Crew to help Black Panther out. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt — but can its king, one of a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy is the head that wears the cowl!

Black Panther Vol. 5: Avengers of the New World Part 2 (Black Panther (2016-2018)) May 30, 2018 by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Klaw stands supreme! The Black Panther’s greatest foe has returned, ready for war! Can T’Challa finally defeat Ulysses Klaw, the man who killed his father, before his country rips itself apart? To make matters worse, Wakanda’s gods disappear — and the Originators return! The former gods are back, but what are their intentions for a land that has forgotten them? And all that is only the beginning as a cadre of villains returns, monsters pour through strange gateways and Wakanda is brought to its knees! T’Challa must defend his country from within — but with his hands full, who will come to Ayo and Aneka’s aid? Who will join the Panther’s ill-fated crusade? And who, or what, is Ras the Exhorter? The answers will surprise you!

Black Panther Vol. 4: Avengers of the New World Part 1 (Black Panther (2016-2018)) Nov 8, 2017 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Where next for the Black Panther? Find out as a sensational new arc begins! Eons ago – before Black Panthers, before Wakanda, before time itself – there were only the Orishas! The pantheon of gods and goddesses from which the world as we know it was manifested: Asali. Ogutemeli. Bast. But now, when Wakanda burns, they are silent. When she was flooded, they were silent. While her people war amongst themselves, ever silent they remain. Where have all the gods of Wakanda gone? T’Challa means to find out… MacArthur Fellow and national correspondent for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) is joined by rising superstar Wilfredo Torres (Moon Knight) – and together they set out to redefine faith and theology for the Marvel Universe!

Black Panther Book 7: The Intergalactic Empire Of Wakanda Part Two: The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda Part 2 (Black Panther (2018-)) Jul 24, 2019 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Maroons strike back! You watched them steal the M’Kraan Shard from the empire. Now the rebels are ready to show who they really are. “He Who Put the Blade Where It Belonged” retakes his rightful title, and the Black Panther is reborn! With the Panther once again among their ranks, they’re certain of victory — but at what cost? T’Challa faces a creature of nightmare and journeys to the home world of the Between, the place where N’Jadaka’s rise began! But what he learns there will lead him to question the rebellion’s very foundation. Will Bast’s champion ever be fully restored? Learn at last how the king of Wakanda found himself a slave in the Vibranium mines of a half-familiar world as T’Challa’s lost past is revealed!

Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 2 Collection (Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Collection) Nov 27, 2018 by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Eons ago — before Black Panthers, before Wakanda, before time itself — there were only the Orishas! The pantheon of gods and goddesses from which the world as we know it was manifested: Asali. Ogutemeli. Bast. But now, when Wakanda burns, they are silent. Where have all the gods of Wakanda gone? And what came before even the Orishas? Find out as the terrifying Originators return! The Black Panther’s greatest foe is back as well, ready for war — and Klaw plans to stand supreme! All this is only the beginning as a cadre of villains strikes, monsters pour through strange gateways, and Wakanda is brought to its knees! T’Challa must defend his country from within — and turn to unlikely allies from without. Who will join the king’s ill-fated crusade? The answers will surprise you!

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Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Vol. 3: The Intergalactic Empire Of Wakanda Part One Collection (Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates Collection) Nov 4, 2020 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has protected Wakanda from all invaders. Now, he will discover that his kingdom is much bigger than he ever dreamed. Prepare to journey to the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! A Panther story unlike any other begins with T’Challa as a stranger in a strange land — with no memory of his past, only the suffering of a present spent toiling in the Vibranium mines. But all hope is not lost. A rebellion is growing — and they have a plan. Who will lead these lost citizens? What is the M’Kraan Shard? And what role will Erik Killmonger play?! Ta-Nehisi Coates continues his ever-surprising saga of a king who sought to be a hero…a hero who was reduced to a slave…a slave who became a legend!

Rise of the Black Panther (Rise of the Black Panther (2018)) Aug 1, 2018 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The secret origin of T’Challa, the Black Panther! Wakanda has always kept itself isolated from Western society, but that’s about to change. Young T’Challa knows he’s destined to become king, but when his father is murdered by outsiders, he finds himself taking up a mantle he may not be ready for. Experience the troubled reign of King T’Chaka! Discover the mother T’Challa never knew! And see how the world first learns of the wondrous nation of Wakanda — including Namor, King of Atlantis; the Winter Soldier; and the ruler of Latveria, Doctor Doom! Plus: As Erik Killmonger makes a devastating move, a missing chapter of T’Challa and Storm’s lifelong romance comes to light — and the Black Panther must decide his unique role in a world full of super heroes!

Black Panther: World of Wakanda (Black Panther: World of Wakanda (2016-2017)) Jun 14, 2017 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Wakanda! Home of the Black Panther, a proud and vibrant nation whose legends and mysteries run deep. Now, delve deep into Wakanda’s lore with a love story where tenderness is matched by brutality! You know them as the Midnight Angels, but for now they are just Ayo and Aneka — young women recruited to become Dora Milaje, an elite task force trained to protect the crown of Wakanda at all costs. But with their king shamed and their queen killed, Ayo and Aneka must take justice into their own hands! They’ve been officers. Rebels. Lovers. But can they be leaders? Plus: the return of former White Tiger, Kasper Cole! As Wakanda burns, Cole can only watch helplessly from halfway around the world. Will he find a new beginning — or meet a painful end?

Black Panther Book 6: Intergalactic Empire Of Wakanda Part One (Black Panther (2018-) 1) Jan 23, 2019 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has protected Wakanda from all invaders. Now, he will discover that his kingdom is much bigger than he ever dreamed. Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now learn the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! A Panther story unlike any other begins with T’Challa as a stranger in a strange land — with no memory of his past, only the suffering of a present spent toiling in the Vibranium mines. But all hope is not lost. A rebellion is growing — and they have a plan. But who will lead these lost citizens? Where is the Black Panther? And what is the M’Kraan Shard?

Black Panther (2018-) #19 Dec 18, 2019 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

THE FINAL ARC OF THE “INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE” BEGINS HERE! The groundbreaking story of a king who became a slave – a slave who became a legend – reaches a tipping point as N’Jadaka’s invasion of Earth continues! Wakanda goes to war against its own future…and its only hope lies in the king who brought them to this point..

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