Ta-Nehisi Coates is right: The American Dream is a lie

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about Ta-Nehisi Coates' slim new volume, Between the World and Me, is that he has written a fresh and vital work on such well-trodden ground. It covers his childhood and early adulthood, about which he's written extensively; his experience learning French (ditto); and the murder of his friend Prince Jones (ditto once more).

Yet the book is simply riveting — I gulped it down in one short sitting, and am still thinking about it days later. Partly it is the...

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