The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Version: Unabridged
Author: Isabel Wilkerson
Narrator: Robin Miles
Genres: History, Non-Fiction, North America, Social Science
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2011
# of Units: 19 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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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 fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.

Reviews (2)

Way too slow

Written by Whittyone13 on May 16th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I tried really hard to like this book as I found the topic quite interesting and educational. That said, the book was so slow and jumped back and forth so much that I gave up. I didn't even finish reading the first box of CDs and when box 2 came I didn't even open it - just sent it back.

Good read, but a little slow

Written by Anonymous on September 28th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

An amazing story in its entirety, but a bit cumbersome in the delivery of details. The author went over the same story points multiple times, which slowed the story line down. Given a few fast forwards and a little patience, it is a good read.

Author Details

Author Details

Wilkerson, Isabel

Isabel Wilkerson won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing as Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. The first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism and the first African American to win for individual reporting, she has also won the George Polk Award and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She is currently Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University. During the Great Migration, her parents journeyed from Georgia and southern Virginia to Washington, D.C., where she was born and reared.