Book Corner: “A Colony in a Nation”

Title: A Colony in a Nation
Author(s): Chris L. Hayes
Pages: 256
Year: 2017
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Chris Hayes has long been one of my favorite journalists, Twitter personalities, and political pundits. His first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, was outstanding, and I was incredibly excited to sink my teeth into A Colony in a Nation. It did not disappoint. I will definitely be suggesting this for a book club next time it is my turn to choose the group’s assigned book.

Chris Hayes is a host on MSNBC, which means that he gets undue flack for being on a mainstream cable news network. But, with content like this, it’s hard to imagine anyone trying to paint Hayes as a corporate shill. This book takes a critical eye to mainstream United States views on policing and race in a way that few with the exposure Hayes has would dare to do.

This book has something for everyone. People just dipping their feet into political theory will find this book easy to consume, whereas more advanced politicos can still find this book rich and aware. While it is definitely written by a person interested in politics, it is tackled from an interdisciplinary standpoint.

The book felt a bit short to me, but I suppose 250+ pages is pretty standard. I’d really recommend this to anyone interested in the subject.