Coates was inspired to write Between the World and Me following a 2013 conference with sitting United States President Barack Obama. Coates, an author for The Atlantic, had actually been reading James Baldwin’s 1963 The Fire Next Time and was identified to make his 2nd meeting with the president less deferential than his very first.  As he left for Washington, D.C., his spouse encouraged him to believe like Baldwin, and Coates remembered an informal, fiery conference between Baldwin, Black activists, and Robert Kennedy in 1963. When it was his turn, Coates disputed with Obama whether his policy sufficiently addressed racial variations in the universal healthcare rollout. After the occasion, Obama and Coates spoke privately about an article Coates had composed criticizing the president’s call for more individual responsibility among African Americans. Obama disagreed with the criticism and informed Coates not to misery. 
As Coates walked to the train station, he considered how Baldwin would not have actually shared Obama’s optimism, the very same optimism that supported lots of Civil Rights Movement activists’ belief that justice was inevitable. Instead, Coates saw Baldwin as being fundamentally “cold,” without “sentiment and melodrama” in his recommendation that the motion could fail and that requital was not guaranteed. Coates found this idea “releasing” and called his book editor, Christopher Jackson, to ask “why nobody composed like Baldwin anymore.” Jackson proposed that Coates attempt. 
In between the World and Me is Coates’s second book, following his 2008 memoir The Lovely Battle. Ever since, and particularly in the 18 months consisting of the Ferguson unrest preceding his brand-new book’s release, Coates somberly believed less in the soul and its aspirational sense of eventual justice. Coates felt that he had ended up being more radicalized.  The book’s title originates from Richard Wright’s poem “Between the World and Me,”  originally released in the July/August 1935 concern of Partisan Evaluation.  Wright’s poem is about a Black male finding the website of a lynching and becoming disarmed with worry, producing a barrier between himself and the world.   In spite of numerous changes in In between the World and Me, Coates always prepared to end the book with the story of Mabel Jones. The only recommendation Coates looked for was that of author Toni Morrison, which he received.  In between the World and Me was released by Spiegel & & Grau in 2015.