Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (hardcover)
Contributor(s): Wilkerson, Isabel (Author)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK - 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.
"An instant American classic."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times
In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.
"Extraordinary . . . one of the most powerful nonfiction books I'd ever encountered . . . an instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far. . . . Caste deepens our tragic sense of American history. It reads like watching the slow passing of a long and demented cortege. . . . It's a book that seeks to shatter a paralysis of will. It's a book that changes the weather inside a reader." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times
"[ Caste] should be at the top of every American's reading list." --Chicago Tribune
"Wilkerson's book is a powerful, illuminating and heartfelt account of how hierarchy reproduces itself, as well as a call to action for the difficult work of undoing it." --The Washington Post
"It is bracing to be reminded with such precision that our country was built through genocide and slavery. But Ms. Wilkerson has also provided a renewed way of understanding America's longest, fiercest trouble in all its complexity. Her book leaves me both grateful and hopeful. I gulped it down." --Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains
"Like Martin Luther King, Jr. before her, Isabel Wilkerson has traveled the world to study the caste system and has returned to show us more clearly than ever before how caste is permanently embedded in the foundation and unseen structural beams of this old house called America. Isabel Wilkerson tells this story in prose that is so beautiful, the only reason to pause your reading is to catch your breath. You cannot understand America today without this book." --Lawrence O'Donnell
"This enthralling exposé deserves a wide and impassioned readership." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Similar to her previous book, the latest by Wilkerson is destined to become a classic, and is urgent, essential reading for all." --Library Journal (starred review)
"This is a brilliant book, well timed in the face of a pandemic and police brutality that cleave along the lines of a caste system." --Booklist (starred review)