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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For research he earns five stars, but overall I felt the plot was too linear. To be sure, a necessary part of covering 7 generations of people, is to push through each generation, but I feel the book ... Read full review

Review: Roots: The Saga of an American Family

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I skipped through boring parts a lot, which was a lot of this. I know this is like the most epic TV ever (6 of the T40 programs; the only other thing w/more than 2 slots is the Super Bowl) but…the ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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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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