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In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize - winning author Isabel Wilkerson 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 interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped 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 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 state 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 medicine, becoming the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful career that allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures her subjects' 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 their new 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 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 fu... Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cara | 5/23/2011

    " Unbelievable perspective on racial issues in American and where the root causes are. Appreciate the real life stories of the 3 people whose lives she follows and how she intermingles these stories with historical fact and additional real life tales. A bit wordy in places and long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 5/19/2011

    " Normally I don't read non-fiction, but this book was excellent, very well written, and quite enjoyable. It was well researched and intertwined three lifetimes with many more stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat | 5/19/2011

    " Incredibly well written for a history book with so much detail. She captures so much of this sad era in our history in a few people's stories, I couldn't put it down for long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Liz | 5/14/2011

    " Im on a history kick and this was a good one but only for history buffs "

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