November 29, 2021 8:15 AM EST

Heather McGhee draws on a wealth of knowledge about the economy to show how racism is harmful to everyone in The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. In the book, which was long-listed for a National Book Award, she uses economic data to make a cogent case that laws and practices in the U.S. that discriminate against the Black community also hurt white people, and may be the root of some of society’s most taxing issues. McGhee’s engrossing explanations come with solutions, too—she proposes that the way we can solve this inequality gap is to come together in solidarity, across racial lines, to accomplish what we can’t achieve alone.

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