Culture The Lost Battalion Ta-Nehisi Coates June 14, 2011 Link Copied It's yours for awhile. I'm doing some prep work for our upcoming Ideas Fest. We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to email@example.com. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a former national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is the author of The Beautiful Struggle, Between the World and Me, We Were Eight Years in Power, and The Water Dancer.