Publisher: Hutchinson July 1977
Publication Date: 1977
Book Condition: Fine (F)
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition
Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. An extraordinary social document, grounded in exhaustive research and animated by a grand passion for personal and historical truth.the passion of Hal. Bookseller Inventory # 20080718101886
Synopsis: 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.
[Introduction by Michael Eric Dyson]
[Read by Avery Brooks]
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.
It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree. -- When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. -- As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the African --Kunta Kinte-- as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. -- Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people -- slaves and freed men, farmers and lawyers, an architect, a teacher, and one acclaimed author -- descended from Kunta Kinte.
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