The Saga of An American Family : the 30th Anniversary Edition

Haley, Alex

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
One of the most important books and television series ever to appear,nbsp; Roots , galvanized the nation, and created an extraordinary political, racial, social and cultural dialogue that hadn't been seen since the publication ofnbsp; 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.nbsp; Roots nbsp;opened up the minds of Americans of all colors and faiths to one of the darkest and most painful parts of America's past.nbsp; Over the years, bothnbsp; Roots nbsp;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 whethernbsp; Roots nbsp;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 innbsp; Roots nbsp;were taken directly from a novel, The African, by Harold Courlander, who ultimately received a substantial financial settlement at the end of the case.nbsp; But none of the controversy affects the basic issue.nbsp; Roots nbsp;fostered a remarkable dialogue about not just the past, but the then present day 1970s and how America had fared since the days portrayed innbsp; Roots . Vanguard Press feels that it is important to publishnbsp; Roots: The 30th Anniversary Edition nbsp;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 ofnbsp; Roots . nbsp;

Publisher: New York, NY : Vanguard Books, c2007
ISBN: 9781593154493
Branch Call Number: 929.2 H168r 2007
Characteristics: xi, 899 p. ;,21 cm
Alternate Title: Roots


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It begins in 1750 in an African village and ends seven generations later in Arkansas; between those two chronological points, the entire pageant of slaveholding and repression of blacks during the long course of American history is played out.

The story of Alex Haley's enslaved ancestor, Kunta Kinte, and the six generations who came after him. By tracing back his own roots, Haley tells the story of 39 million Americans of African descent. The book created a political, racial, social and cultural dialogue that hadn’t been seen since th... Read More »

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Mar 07, 2013

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.

Jul 03, 2012

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!

Feb 16, 2012
  • KatrinaP rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

After reading "The Help" I remembered watching "Roots" as a mini series way back in what was probably the 1980's. I loved it then and was keen to track down the book. It's the story of the author's ancestor Kunta Kinte, his life in Africa as a free young man, his subsequent capture by white slave traders and then on to the stories of each generation until we come to the author himself. It's all fascinating, from both a human and historical perspective.
However, I found the writing a bit clumsy at times which was a shame because the story really is worth telling. (I'm not referring to the pidgin English of the slaves which I found really fun to read.) If you're curious about this story, by all means give it a go.

Nov 14, 2011
  • KVERBEEK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I have never before read a book like this, that pricked every emotion I have ever felt - from light-hearted humor to revulsion and everything in between. It is one of my favorite books ever. I laughed, I cried, I even threw up at least one time. I am thankful to Alex Haley for writing this book. I even named my first son Alexander.

Sep 26, 2011

need to start on chapter 38

Aug 14, 2011
  • 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.

Jul 01, 2011
  • 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.

Oct 12, 2010
  • 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.

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

great book that became a great long TV series


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