Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex HaleyRoots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

byAlex Haley

Paperback | May 3, 2016

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A new eight-hour event series based on Roots will be simulcast on the History Channel, Lifetime, and A&E over four consecutive nights beginning Memorial Day, May 30, 2016

"Early in the spring of 1750, in the village of Juffure, four days upriver from the coast of The Gambia, West Africa, a man-child was born to Omoro and Binta Kinte."

So begins Roots, one of the most extraordinary and influential books of our time. Through the story of one family—his family—Alex Haley unforgettably brings to life the monumental two-century drama of Kunta Kinte and the six generations who came after him: slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lumber mill workmen and Pullman porters, lawyers and architects...and one author.

A national and international phenomenon at the time of its original publication, Roots continues to enthrall readers with its masterful narrative drive and exceptional emotional power, speaking to us all with an undiminished resonance and relevance.

"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage.... Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning no matter what our attainments in life."—Alex Haley

With an introduction by Michael Eric Dyson
Alex Haley (1921-1992) was a bestselling and award-winning writer whose works, including Roots and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, centered on the struggles of African Americans.
Title:Roots: The Saga of an American FamilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:912 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 2 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030682485X

ISBN - 13:9780306824852


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read This book is a phenomenal piece of work. A must read.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling Amazing book. Haley takes his readers on an emotional journey. At times I was furious , other times I was saddened, but I was always hopeful. With February being BHM, there's no better time to read this book then now! Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read A book of slavery going through 6 generations. Filled with drama, love, triumphs. You fall in love with the charact6 generation after generation. Don't left the thickness of the book scare you, it's a quick read and a must read.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior Story Following a family through their generations in slavery. Gritty, drama that's also filled with love, strength and a great deal of courage. A definite must read.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing A giant of a book which talks about many generations of slavery. It`s so heart breaking to read through it but the author has been able to show us the cruelty, hopelessness and then the hopes of these people. How a free man become a somebody`s property is unbelievable. Read and learn ..... and get ready to be amazed in different angles.... how inhuman men can be and how human men can be....
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plagerized into a masterpiece! It's a fast read and so worth the time. The ending delivers! It's scary to read a super long book like this 'cause I fear a bad ending. This ending is just right :) The best part is the first 500 pages. Then something happens and the entire book shifts. As a reader, I begin to want something for the characters. The author gives something awesome that I never dreamed I wanted!! It's really great writing. It's almost 900 pages but it's such a fast read that doesn't seem that long at all. Most novels are about 300 pages. The pacing in Roots is so fast, that it feels like you've read only 600 pages. Also, the characters are super awesome and I'll think of them often. Kunta Kinte is the coolest character! This book triggered some lawsuits based on plagiarism. Haley still crafted a masterpiece that's well worth the read.
Date published: 2016-11-21

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Roots"The book is an act of love, and it is this which makes it haunting."—New York Times"A gripping mixture of urban confessional and political manifesto, it not only inspired a generation of black activists, but drove home the bitter realities of racism to a mainstream white liberal audience."—Observer"Groundbreaking"—The Associated Press"A Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the family ancestry of author Alex Haley[and] a symbolic chronicle of the odyssey of African Americans from the continent of Africa to a land not of their choosing."—Washington PostPhiladelphia Tribune, 6/7/16“[A] landmark book.”—Marian Wright Edelman