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A startling and transformative account of how we are all tied up in a caste system, from NYT-bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson

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Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns. Her debut work won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and was included in Time's 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s and in The New York Times's list of the Best Nonfiction of All Time. She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia.

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If you haven't read Caste yet, you absolutely must. -- Edward Enninful * Vogue *
Powerful and timely ... I cannot recommend it strongly enough -- Barack Obama
Magnificent. Profound. Eye-opening. Sobering. Hopeful. -- Oprah Winfrey
Caste forced me to rethink how deeply embedded our unexamined preconceptions are -- Bill Clinton
Extraordinary ... an instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far ... It's a book that changes the weather inside a reader. -- Dwight Garner * The New York Times *
Such is Wilkerson's gift as a writer that she leaves you looking at the world differently. -- Afua Hirsch * Vogue *
Caste will spur readers to think and to feel in equal measure -- Kwame Anthony Appiah * New York Times Book Review *
Isabel Wilkerson's Caste is probably the most important piece of non-fiction published this year. -- Sarah Hughes * i News *
Surprising and arresting... Like a prayer for a country in pain, offering new directions through prophetic new language -- Bilal Qureshi * Washington Post *
A consummate storyteller ... Isabel Wilkerson has written important book that reminds us of a comradeship of interwoven histories. * LA Review of Books *
An expansive interrogation of racism, institutionalised inequality and injustice ... This is an American reckoning and so it should be. Wilkerson activates history in her pages, bringing all its horror and possibility to light. It is a painfully resonant book and could not have come at a more urgent time. -- Fatima Bhutto * Guardian *
Persuasive and unsettling ... The case Wilkerson puts forward is inspiring and hopeful ... caste can be dismantled, setting everyone free. -- Ashish Ghadiali * Observer *
Important and timely ... If repudiation of past assumptions is the first step towards healing, Wilkerson's book offers a powerful frame for this. It is essential reading for anybody who feels angry, guilty or threatened by the tangled issue of "race" in America today. -- Gillian Tett * Financial Times *
Searching, gorgeously crafted... Caste is a luminous read, bearing its own torch of righteous wrath in a diamond-hard prose that will be admired and studied by future generations. -- Hamilton Cain * Star Tribune *
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. -- Kenneth W. Mack * Washington Post *
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 *
Wilkerson's genius as a writer is her ability to tell you the big story of what happened, but to make that story matter by linking it to the lives of those who survived it ... What in the hands of another writer would feel like an abstraction attains, in her work, the vividness and emotional power of lived experience. -- Ezra Klein * Vox *
Haunting yet strangely consoling, in a world defined by its divides, Caste connects. It reveals the 'unseen skeleton' embedded in heinous acts of power but, in evocative prose that is full of poise, reminds us what's possible when people come together. I closed the book feeling enlightened and energised, ready to roll up my sleeves and get on with the good work. -- Johny Pitts
Propulsive ... Should be required reading for generations to come. -- Joshunda Sanders * Boston Globe *
A transformative new framework through which to understand identity and injustice. -- Justin Worland * TIME *
Wonderful ... Prepare to have your mind expanded, your heart break and your head slowly shake by Wilkerson's sublime combination of skilful, analytical dissection and raw, emotional testimony -- Allen Sleith * Belfast Telegraph *
Caste makes a convincing, often scorching case that caste was there at the birth of the nation, and we wrestle every day with that legacy. It upsets the already rickety national myth that anyone in the United States can be anything -albeit, without entirely abandoning that hope -- Christopher Borrelli * Chicago Tribune *
Vital, brilliant and necessary -- Kae Tempest
Destined to become a classic ... urgent, essential reading for all. * Library Journal (starred review) *
It should be at the top of every American's reading list. * Chicago Tribune *
This enthralling expose deserves a wide and impassioned readership * Publishers Weekly (starred review) *
This is a brilliant book * Booklist (starred review) *
Wilkerson's book arrives at a key inflection point, an opening for us to imagine, and then create, a system that's better than the one we've inherited. * Bloomberg *

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