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Caste

The Origins of Our Discontents

Isabel Wilkerson

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to ...
Publish Date
2020
August 4
Goodreads rating
4.56
ISBN
9780593230251
Recommendations
14
Recommendations
Dec 20, 2020
As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share my annual lists of favorites. I’ll start by sharing my favorite books this year. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did.      source
Nov 05, 2020
If you haven’t yet, do your brain and heart a favor by reading this important book by @Isabelwilkerson. I’ve been thinking about it a lot these last couple days.      source
Jan 30, 2021
It was the best book I read in 2020.      source
Aug 12, 2020
I’ve been sharing some of the books that I’ve found to be insightful and helpful in my learning journey over the past few years. This is one I will revisit again and again. Thank you ⁦@Isabelwilkerson⁩ for writing this powerful book.      source
Oct 05, 2020
Tap and read this from @Isabelwilkerson’s brilliant “Caste”. Buy the book. Also, tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in many states. Go to if you haven’t already. Make a plan to vote as early as you can.      source
Aug 11, 2020
6 Best Books I’ve read in lockdown so far. Would love to hear yours 🙌      source
Nov 05, 2020
Indeed, I think it's the best book on the thing we call race and racism -- but which, as she notes, is really something else -- I've ever read...      source
Apr 06, 2021
Of the 17 books I’ve read in 2021, Caste is by far the best. 5 stars from me! Be prepared to be sickened, moved to tears, inspired. Didn’t think she could top one of my lifetime favs, her book, Warmth of Other Suns. Both are MUST READS. Thank you ⁦@Isabelwilkerson⁩      source
Dec 01, 2020
The book "Caste" is one of the best books that I've read. I have read each chapter so far more than once to let it sink in. I think of the way we use language to describe each other in Nigeria and understand why the civil war happened. Genocide doesn't happen at once. It is slow.      source
Mar 04, 2021
Thank you @isabelwilkerson for joining us at the 14th annual @knightfdn Media Forum. Your magnificent book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, is a must read for everyone. I hope that the unique #kmf21 audience will read it and use it. https:      source
Seriously, you must read this book. It cuts through every American mythology you’ve ever been taught, as well it should.      source
Dec 28, 2020
On page 352 of her extraordinary book, “Caste,” Isabel Wilkerson quotes Taylor Branch: “If people were given a choice between democracy and whiteness, how many would choose whiteness?” And then, more than ever, the Trump presidency made sense to me.      source
Aug 26, 2020
Books I’ve read in 2020 that have stopped me in my tracks, changed the way I look at the subject, stayed with me.      source
Jan 08, 2021
Isabel Wilkerson’s book, with the subtitle “The Origins of our Discontents,” was my most insightful, jaw-dropping read of last year as it helped me understand race relations in the U.S. with a whole new lens. And, she’s a poignant storyteller.      source