Roots, Volume 167

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Doubleday, 1976 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 pages
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This poignant and powerful narrative tells the dramatic story of Kunta Kinte, snatched from freedom in Africa and brought by ship to America and slavery, and his descendants. Drawing on the oral traditions handed down in his family for generations, the author traces his origins back to the seventeen-year-old Kunta Kinte, who was abducted from his home in Gambia and transported as a slave to colonial America. In this account Haley provides an imaginative rendering of the lives of seven generations of black men and women.

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Review: Roots: The Saga of an American Family

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I really enjoyed the story. even if it was largely a plagiarized work, it still told about the experiences of so many people who were taken captive, enslaved, and then treated like chattel. a sad tale ... Read full review

Review: Roots: The Saga of an American Family

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There are very few books written about a past place and time that cast such a rapturous spell, and resound with truth and beauty -- it is rare to become so engrossed in a story that maybe, just maybe ... Read full review


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About the author (1976)

ALEX HALEY taught himself to write during a twenty year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. After retiring, he worked as a freelance magazine writer. His first book was The Autobiography of Malcom X, on which he was collaborator and editor.  ROOTS: The Saga of An American Family was his second book, for which he was awarded special recognition from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award committees. He also wrote A Different Kind of Christmas, available from Random House Value Publishing, and Queen, a sequel to ROOTS. Haley died in 1992.

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