Thorndike Press

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

  • Isabel Wilkerson
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  • ISBN-10: 1432885162
  • ISBN-13: 9781432885168
  • DDC: 305.5
  • Shipping Weight: 1.90 lbs ( .86 kgs)
  • 710 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released January 2021
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller
An Oprah’s Book Club Pick
National Book Award Longlisted
Longlisted For The Pen/Jean Stein Book Award and the Pen/John Kenneth Galbraith Award For Nonfiction
An O: The Oprah Magazine Best Book of the Year
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Beyond 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, Isabel Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations. Using riveting stories about people, she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. Wilkerson explores how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by this hidden caste system and points to ways America can move toward hope in our common humanity.


Customer Reviews

“This enthralling exposé deserves a wide and impassioned readership.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“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)

“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)

“Magnificent . . . a trailblazing work on the birth of inequality . . . CASTE offers a forward-facing vision. Bursting with insight and love, this book may well help save us.”

— O: The Oprah Magazine