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the Origins of Our Discontents
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Jul 15, 2021eappelbaum rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Unforgettable, great book. The focus is on 3 low-caste groups: blacks, Jews, and untouchables in India. The situation also applies elsewhere: other minorities and women. We do not have a few "bad apples." We have systematic oppression.
Jul 13, 2021Lizard6llAmA2 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Amazingly valuable in understanding how we got where we are now - how incredibly important for everyone to come to know what got us here. Only then will we be able to make real change and right the wrongs for the horrible ways HUMAN BEINGS…
Jul 10, 2021wcbind421 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Wilkerson's thesis: "It was in the making of the New World that Europeans became white, Africans black, and everyone else yellow, red or brown. It was in the making of the New World that humans were set apart on the basis of what they…
Jul 05, 2021
Please cancel my hold on this book. Thank you
Jul 03, 2021SusanFrenzel rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Jun 30, 2021ontherideau rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Hard truths are necessary - essential reading for high school and beyond.
Jun 20, 2021writermala rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Isabel Wilkerson has written a really powerful book. She has compared the American Race system to the Indian Caste System and the Nazi treatment of Jews. While we all knew of the historical ill-treatment of the slaves by their masters it…
Jun 16, 2021
Pillar 5
Jun 10, 2021ACL_ChrisS rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Really important and really emotionally challenging, as it should be. I had to stop reading it for a period of days to regain some equilibrium; the events and experiences she writes about, both personal and historical, are heart-wrenching…
Jun 07, 2021
I'm on chapter 9
Jun 01, 2021Gina_Vee rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I feel like this is one of those books we should have read in school but didn't.
May 22, 2021JCLChrisK rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Wilkerson describes an important, innovative way for thinking about race in the U.S. She compares specifically to the caste systems of Hindu India and Nazi Germany, similarities that have been apparent to those from those countries but…
May 19, 2021Bududo rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
The author’s writing style is nicely fluid and quite readable. The premise of this book, and not very well established by the author, is that the concept of caste is applicable to the modern American society in regards to race, gender,…
May 06, 2021KCLS_RobinH rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Incredibly thought-provoking, and a great audiobook. Compelling evidence from around the world combined with modern experiences of what life is like when you're doomed to a lower caste, whether it be based on skin color, religion, or…
May 06, 2021amicedarblue rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Truly an Excellent Read. I am just shocked of how much I did not know! This books brings an understanding of where we find ourselves today. Everyone should have an opportunity to read this book. I wish I could give it 6/5 stars.
May 01, 2021tauseef365 rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
This is a very important topic, and a very important book. I would recommend this to everyone everywhere. There will be a lot that is new to many readers, such as the fact that Einstein was an anti-racist. I would have liked even more…
Apr 30, 202121288004246712 rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
The popularity of Trump validates this terrible reality in the US
Apr 29, 2021Trixie_reads rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Really interesting and informative.
Apr 18, 2021book27 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Awareness of the realities described in this book is a human responsibility. I learned the most from the section outlining the consistent features between American racial hierarchy, the Indian caste system, and Nazism in Germany.
Apr 16, 2021albaugh rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
An extraordinary evidence based look into the world we live in that everyone should read. The book provides insights into why societies continue to make the same tragic mistakes over and over. We can't hope for change unless we try and…
Apr 10, 2021sweeter963 rated this title 1 out of 5 stars
First impression. The idea that the Nazis were involved in a caste system speaks to poor research skills upon the author. Rosenberg is quite critical of the caste system that developed in post Aryan Hinduism. The term Aryan is synonymous…
Apr 07, 2021Tiffanypyyu rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book was amazing. I listened to the audiobook and it was very interesting and gripping. So relevant for the world we live in today. The author has done her research very well and laid it out in a very interesting to understand way. I…
Mar 30, 2021mmason0071 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
Every American need to read this book. Look at some of the negative comments to see how close she hits the mark.
Mar 20, 2021
After reading the first 100 pages I knew this was a book I wanted to own. So, I bought a personal copy on whose pages I could mark key concepts that I could go back to again and again. This is a book that will live on in my collection of…
Mar 15, 2021LCPL_Vivian rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This was a topic briefly discussed in the classroom when I was still in school, and I'm sure it was only mentioned when the class talked about an event from a long, long time ago. I liked that Wilkerson discusses events that happened…