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Roots

ALEX HALEY

ISBN 10: 0091296803 / ISBN 13: 9780091296803
Published by Hutchinson July 1977, 1977
Used Condition: Fine (F) Hardcover
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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

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Title: Roots

Publisher: Hutchinson July 1977

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine (F)

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

[*Abridged]

[Read by Avery Brooks]
This monumental Pulitzer Prize-winning saga and iconic bestseller begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. 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.

Presented abridged on 12 CDs.

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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.

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