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Isabel Wilkerson: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

(Nonfiction, 496 p. 2020)Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and our nation’s fate. Linking the rigid hierarchy of human rankings in America, India, and Nazi Germany, the book explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more.

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Review by Fatima Bhutto, The Guardian, July 30, 2020

Review by Dwight Garner, The New York Times, July 31, 2020

Review by Tunku Varadarajan, Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2020

Terry Gross interviews Isabel Wilkerson, Fresh Air, August 4, 2020 (38 min. audio)