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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 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 our assigned seats for a performance The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality It is about power which groups have it and which do not 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 rankingsBeyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people s lives and behavior and the nation s fate Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and Using riveting stories about people including Martin Luther King, Jr baseball s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out cast of the Jews she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanityBeautifully 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 America life today


10 thoughts on “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

  1. says:

    The Warmth of Other Suns was one of the most important books I ve read So, I was really looking forward to Caste When I previously thought of castes, I thought only of India Wilkerson posits that the Third Reich was also a caste system And, of course, the US In fact, the Nazis used American race laws to design


  2. says:

    Americans don t think in these terms, but Isabel Wilkerson points out in no uncertain terms that the country is running a caste system, remarkably and sadly just like India s In India, there are four varnas and numerous, maybe thousands of subdivisions between them Each one is a caste with strict rules of life,


  3. says:

    If ever there were a book for this time, Caste would be it With demonstrations against police brutality and the pulling down of Confederate monuments as a backdrop, I raced through this book Linking the treatment of African Americans to that of Dalits Untouchables in India, and explaining how American Jim Crow s


  4. says:

    Note I received an advanced reader copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley Isabel Wilkerson presents a paradigm of America being bound by a bipolar caste system, set up between a dominant white caste and a subordinate black caste, set deep into the nation s foundations when it was only a few colonies hugging the


  5. says:

    Publishing date August 11, 2020 I read an advanced reader copy I requested this ARC and started reading it just as the current marches, protests, and riots started happening, and everyone started posting lists of books about racism and anti racism Caste would be at the top of my list, along with but very different


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    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book WOW What a timely read If you have any interest in learningabout the history of racism in the United States, this is the perfect book to read By reframing racism using the tenets of caste, Wilkerson makes an unassailable argument that racism is the pervading structure th


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    I grabbed this ARC from NetGalley and I am so happy I did I have struggled in this moment of how to proceed of how to process and come to grips with quite how we got to this moment Intellectually, I understood but emotionally, as a human, I couldn t fathom it This book explains it Wilkerson does not pull any punches


  8. says:

    I adored Wilkerson s previous book The Warmth of Other Suns, so I was super excited to get an advanced reader s copy of this book I was not disappointed This book is amazing Wilkerson looks at the history of race in America as a caste system and compares it to the caste system in India and Nazi Germany She looks at r


  9. says:

    brilliant, well timed, expose LibraryReads


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