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Roots

The Saga of An American Family : the 30th Anniversary Edition
Haley, Alex (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Roots


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One of the most important books and television series ever to appear, Roots, galvanized the nation, and created an extraordinary political, racial, social and cultural dialogue that hadn't been seen since the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The book sold over one million copies in the first year, and the miniseries was watched by an astonishing 130 million people. It also won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Roots  opened up the minds of Americans of all colors and faiths to one of the darkest and most painful parts of America's past. Over the years, both Roots  and Alex Haley have attracted controversy, which comes with the territory for trailblazing, iconic books, particularly on the topic of race. Some of the criticism results from whether Roots  is fact or fiction and whether Alex Haley confused these two issues, a subject he addresses directly in the book. There is also the fact that Haley was sued for plagiarism when it was discovered that several dozen paragraphs in Roots  were taken directly from a novel, The African, by Harold Courlander, who ultimately received a substantial financial settlement at the end of the case. But none of the controversy affects the basic issue. Roots  fostered a remarkable dialogue about not just the past, but the then present day 1970s and how America had fared since the days portrayed in Roots. Vanguard Press feels that it is important to publish Roots: The 30th Anniversary Edition  to remind the generation that originally read it that there are issues that still need to be discussed and debated, and to introduce to a new and younger generation, a book that will help them understand, perhaps for the first time, the reality of what took place during the time of Roots.
Authors: Haley, Alex
Title: Roots
the saga of an American family : the 30th anniversary edition
Publisher: New York, NY :, Vanguard Books,, c2007
Characteristics: xi, 899 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Alex Haley
Notes: Originally published: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1976
Alternate Title: Roots
ISBN: 9781593154493
1593154496
Branch Call Number: 929.2 H168r 2007
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What i think about this movie is son unexplainable because this movie shows everything black people went through, and how we suffered. We should have been treated better NO OFFENCE TO WHITE PEOPLE.

Alex Haley, as many people, thought.. where did I came from? A must read novel! based on his family's history, begins in Gambia, when Kunta is kidnapped to be sold as a slave. A 10 year research!

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  • owie07 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing. This book is amazing. I read it again every 5 years or so and love it each time. I connect to all the characters and miss them all when I am finished reading the book.

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  • stargazer77 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book changed the way I think about a lot of things, from slavery and racism to genealogy... it really made history come alive for me, and it made me feel so angry and disturbed at the way humans can treat other humans.

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  • melbl8tr rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Unfortunately, time has not been good to Roots and Alex Haley. Much of his work has been proven to be either plagiarised or wildly inaccurate. It is highly unfortunate because the novel and the TV series were magnificent when they first appeared in the mid-seventies.

Report This Nov 19, 2009
  • surlyoops rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

great book that became a great long TV series

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