A Colony in a Nation

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by Chris Hayes

W.W. Norton and Company


SKU: 9780393355420


In A Colony in a Nation, New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning news anchor Chris Hayes upends the national conversation on policing and democracy. Drawing on wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis, as well as deeply personal experiences with law enforcement, Hayes contends that our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, the law is venerated. In the Colony, fear and order undermine civil rights. With great empathy, Hayes seeks to understand this systemic divide, examining its ties to racial inequality, the omnipresent threat of guns, and the dangerous and unfortunate results of choices made by fear.


"A Colony in a Nation is a highly original analysis of America's arbitrary and erratic criminal justice system. Indeed, by Hayes's lights, the system is not erratic at all--it treats one group of Americans as citizens, and another as the colonized. This is an essential and groundbreaking text in the effort to understand how American criminal justice went so badly awry." -- Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me

"Terrific and really important." -- Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

"[Hayes is] the young left's most erudite and urgent interpreter." -- Rachel Maddow

"A timely and impassioned argument for social justice." -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author:

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.