A book like this sticks with you. It alters the way you think. It makes you uncomfortable, makes you angry, and it makes you face harsh truths. This book is crammed with facts and figures and written in such an engaging manner that it's one of the few nonfiction books I've found difficult to put down. Michelle Alexander's examination of mass incarceration as the latest incarnation of the racial undercaste will change the way you think about racism, white privilege and how inaction and ignorance perpetuate the system. It's devastating and alarming and absolutely required reading.