The Warmth of Other SunsIsabel Wilkerson

The Warmth of Other Suns

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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson Book Summary

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this beautifully written masterwork, the Pulitzer Prize–winnner and bestselling author of Caste chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.

From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.
With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue-collar success and, in old age, voted for Barack Obama when he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall, and finally found peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career, which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an “unrecognized immigration” within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.

The Warmth of Other Suns (Isabel Wilkerson) Book Reviews

Excellent story of survivalThis book is excellently written. It includes the story of four people who moved from the south where living was hard and violence against individuals occurred daily for no reason. To living in the North with its set of life challenges and the consequences of these decisions. It also includes horrifying statistics and and real life stories of those who died at the hand of very evil people. It was an enjoyable read yet very sad. I would recommend it to any who really wants to understand the history of the African American great migration..Score: 5/5

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The warmth of other sunsThis beautifully written book was so powerful that I could not stop reading it. The amount of research is astounding. The writing is eloquent. A plus.Score: 5/5

This book is beautiful.My heart has been touched. Wow..Score: 5/5

Life-ChangingI couldn’t put the book down. I learned what little I knew about a very important yet complex part of history..Score: 5/5

ExtraordinarySo enlightening, informative and needed. Thank you Ms. Isabel Wilkerson for your extraordinary work!.Score: 5/5

Good but needed better editingGreat book but it could’ve been better with better editing. I learned a lot from this book. However, there was a lot of information that was repeated..Score: 4/5

The Warmth of Other SonsThis is a page turner. I am a 64 year old caucasian man that grew up in rural Illinois. I never did understand the plight of black person in this country, until now. I had many good experiences with black Army draftees during the Vietnam Nam war, but no contact after that. This book gives a tragic view of the brutal treatment of blacks in our 400 year history. I feel embarrassed but happy to learn the truth of the Great Migration as depicted in this book..Score: 5/5

The Warmth of Other SunsA comprehensive history of the Great Migration that reads like a well-written novel. A great style for a history book..Score: 5/5

AdrianExcellent Read! Very insightful 1st person accounts!!.Score: 5/5

The Warmth of Other SunsMy wife and I listened to the audio book. What a book. One of the persons, Robert Foster, lived a few blocks from where I grew up. It was in the Country Club area. I grew up at Gramercy Place & 11th Street. Another migrant, Philip Ahn, lived at Country Club and Gramercy Place. Her book brought back many memories as well as giving us a better idea of these changes. We liked the interspersing of their life histories as we could keep track of their lives at various points. The history for me was real as I was growing up as the Great Migration was beginning to wind down..Score: 5/5

GratifyingThank you Ms. Wilkerson for a wonderful book on a marvelous part of black history. This compilation of experiences and how they're told is truly remarkable & engaging!.Score: 5/5

Loved it and learned so muchThis book was recommended by my father. I learned so many things about the great migration and Jim Crow from this well written book which follows the lives of for people from the south I was sad to see it end..Score: 5/5

Absolutely...The best book I have read as it relates to this history. Loved the stories. A little bit redundant at times, but not enough to make me not like this book..Score: 5/5

Blown AwayThe Warmth of Other Suns is, perhaps, one of the best books that I have ever read. It contextualizes The Great Migration by providing specific details of 3 different people, living in different parts of the Jim Crow South, making the decision to leave that life in 3 different decades. This book made me reflect on the inevitable push and pull factors that influenced my ancestors decisions to either stay or leave. It left me wondering how the impact of those negotiations sit with the descendants who are left to wonder how their lives might have turned out if their forbears made a different decision. This was a rich and enduring masterpiece that forced me to experience a broad range of emotions whether I wanted to experience them or not. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and cried so much from reading a book. More to the point, it made me think more critically about how decisions can influence outcomes. A brilliant work of art!.Score: 5/5

Wonderful bookOne of the best books I've read in years. I grew up in Nashville where black school students still could not play on fields or in gyms of Nashville Interscholastic League schools when I was graduated from high school in 1962. A year later, I watched black college students protest and sit-in at downtown lunch counters at W.T. Grant and Woolworth. I read the powerful stories in this great book but I cannot imagine being subjected to the treatment of blacks described in it. I am giving the book to my grandson for his birthday..Score: 5/5

Warmth of other sunsI can't yet put into words how important that I think this book is to American history and culture. I'm proud of the author and the characters in this book..Score: 5/5

ImportantI feel like I gained a lot of perspective on the black immigrant experience. Since reading the book, I can understand many of the factors that contribute to the achievements and tensions of today..Score: 4/5

The Warmth of Other SunsMuch of it reads like a doctoral thesis. Explains things better expressed by the stories. The stories seem constructed to illustrate her PhD thesis..Score: 1/5

SoIs tfti duty d s t..Score: 3/5

The Warmth of Other SunsWell done; A writing that hopefully will become required reading for ALL high school and college students!!!.Score: 5/5

An excellent readI lived in the deep South as a child and again as an adult in the late 1950s. The book reflects my experiences as a white child during the segregated South and as an adult living through integration. I highly recommend it to those who have never lived in the South and wonder if what they heard was really true and to those of both races who know the truth; however, painful..Score: 5/5

Excellent!Can’t say enough about his book! I loved it!.Score: 5/5

Best US History BookNot just informative of a major force that made the US what it is today, but incredibly moving and even life-changing..Score: 5/5

Wonderful readI am so happy I read this book. It's a wonderful collection of personal accounts from Black America's journey out of, and away from, Jim Crow. Warm, funny, tragic, insightful -- it's all here..Score: 4/5

Marcia MillerAwesome book! I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and learned a great deal from it. This book should be required reading in schools to give students a more balanced perspective of American History..Score: 5/5

Required readingEveryone needs to read this book. We’ve all known, at least I hope we do, the history of slavery and the still, all too common brutality of racists. However, to understand what it took to actually leave, to start fresh in what were akin to foreign territories hammers home how I’ve taken my easy, stable, simple and most definitely privileged status in life for granted..Score: 5/5

The Warmth of Other SunsThis book has been very insightful about the migration that I have experienced & seen in my life..Score: 5/5

Great BookThis book is one of the best books I have ever read. This book should be used in history classes. I would like to see this book made into a movie and should be seen by all these young people who take life for granite. I downloaded this book on my iPad, and listen to it audible. Now I want to buy the book just to add to my library. I hope some day to meet this author to have it signed by her. I am going to listen to this book again. I can tell a lot of research was put into this book she did a GREAT job..Score: 5/5

A must read!This should be in history curriculums..Score: 5/5

Wow!! What a Great Read!!I never thought I could be so consumed by a piece of non-fiction. I could not put it down!! The 3 characters are amazing and I admire them so!! Should be taught in school. Thank you for teaching me with such delight!!!.Score: 5/5

Warmth of other sunsPoignant, powerful depiction of black migration from South to North after World War 1. History with a personal touch..Score: 5/5

Excellent!Should be added to the curriculum of every American History and Sociology course..Score: 5/5

The Warmth of Other SunsAn Incredible written display of history. Now I understand what the Great Migration was all about. Nothing like what my high school history teacher taught. I loved the blending of real people with historical facts. My elder relatives died with their stories and were reluctant to ever share them. I now know they were either too afraid, too tired, or sadly believed that the worst was over and it was better to look forward. Thank you Ms. Wilkerson for sharing the stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this book..Score: 5/5

Loved ❤️❤️❤️Amazing book. Tearful at times. I’ve purchased a hard copy for my 89 year old father, who is a son of The Great Migration..Score: 5/5

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