U.S.A. / 2015
Coates was born 1975 in Baltimore during the crack epidemic. He is a renowned journalist and writer. Between the World and Me won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Coates is a very excellent writer because he manages to cover polarizing and intricate topics with amazing clarity and lyrical beauty. Another work by Coates that I recommend is his highly praised 2014 article for The Atlantic, "The Case of Reparations." This book is a force to be reckoned with. It has catapulted Coates to the status as an authority on race and literature.