Book Title: Alex Haley's Roots

Subtitle: An Author's Odyssey

Author: Adam Henig

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Book Description: Alex Haley’s Roots captivated a nation and then the world. He was on his way to becoming the most successful author in the history of publishing. That's when his troubles began, from which he never recovered. Within a decade and a half following the publication of Roots, Haley died in debt, was ostracized by the literary community, and his iconic book went out of print. What happened? Based on interviews of Haley's contemporaries, personal correspondence, legal documents, newspaper accounts, Adam Henig investigates the unraveling of one of America’s most successful yet enigmatic authors.

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In 1977, when the New York Times declared that the television mini-series Roots was the “most significant civil rights event since the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965,” its author, Alex Haley, became America’s newest “folk hero. ”

His book was on the Times’ Best Seller’s list for months, and won the Pulitzer Prize. His story had captivated a nation and then the world. From Idaho to Israel, it seemed everyone was caught-up in “Rootsmania.”

Alex Haley was on his way to becoming the most successful author in the history of publishing. That’s when his troubles began.

Within a decade and a half following the publication of Roots, Haley managed to alienate most of his fellow writers and at the same time squander most of his wealth.  When he died at the age of 70, his estate was auctioned off and his iconic book went out of print.

What happened?

Based on interviews of Haley’s contemporaries, personal correspondence, legal documents, newspaper accounts, Adam Henig investigates the unraveling of one of America’s most successful yet enigmatic authors.

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Alex Haley's Roots Copyright © 2014 by Adam Henig. All Rights Reserved.

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Alex Haley's Roots
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Adam Henig
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Alex Haley’s Roots: An Author’s Odyssey © copyright 2014 by Adam Henig. All rights reserved. You are welcome to use short excerpts of this book for review or critique purposes. For more information about translation, recording electronically, and other queries contact the author at info@adamhenig.com.

 

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Publication Date
September 8, 2014
Ebook ISBN
B00HRN891A
Print ISBN
1500751499