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  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • By: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Summary

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From the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this is one of the great untold stories of American history: the migration of Black citizens who fled the south and went north in search of a better life.

From 1915 to 1970, an exodus of almost six million people would change the face of America. With stunning historical detail, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson gives us this definitive, vividly dramatic account of how these journeys unfolded.

Based on interviews with more than 1,000 people and access to new data and official records, The Warmth of Other Suns tells the story of America's Great Migration 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, becoming the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glitteringly successful medical career.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country journeys, as well as how they changed their new homes forever.

©2021 Isabel Wilkerson (P)2021 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"A landmark piece of non-fiction." (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)

"You will never forget these people." (Gay Talese)

"A brilliant and stirring epic." (John Stauffer, Wall Street Journal

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Tour de Force

Read this and learn...and love every word. A lyrical classic that gives voice to players in a history that was nearly forgotten.

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Outstanding. A huge feat. Fascinating. Thank you!

An amazing piece of work. Fascinating, poignant, informative. Brilliant. Should be on American curriculum.

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a book to pass on to our next generations

Beautifully narrated. A perfect balance between the forgotten history of thousands of families and the extroardinary lives that survived to tell it to us. A masterpiece of oral history.

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An Historical Masterpiece

I bought the audio book because I wanted to understand more about the Great Migration. A truly empathetic yet robust chronicle of black people's history expertly crafted through the lives of three people. So intimate an account that I felt Robert, George and Ida Mae were my family. Robin Niles was an excellent narrator. Her smooth voice made the listening time pass so quickly.
Thank you for a rare and exemplary piece of work.

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Powerful stories in every way

I was transfixed for every minute of the narrative. this should be compulsory reading in schools. it brings home the history in a way that no standard history book can.