5. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Alexander look at mass incarceration and how it disproportionately affects African-Americans and continues to haunt their lives even after they are no longer in prison due to things like lack of employment options and the removal of voting rights. It’s a really well written and interesting book. I pretty much knew everything in it from hearing about it in many other venues, so I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I might have had it been mostly new insights for me. It’s not the book’s fault. I give it a 7 out of 10.