The following book review was written by Bobbi King:
This is a brief biography of Alex Haley.
Sixty pages are devoted to Mr. Haley’s success as a writer for Reader’s Digest, Playboy magazine, co-author of the Autobiography of Malcolm X, and very significantly, Roots, the book and the miniseries, whose impact was seminal on the renaissance of interest in family history. And not to pass unnoticed, Roots‘ unflinching saga of slavery brought home the incalculable tragedy of human bondage.
Mr. Henig focusses on events after the triumph of Roots. Haley’s difficulties with the press, the accusations of plagiarism, and the challenges of flaws in his genealogy, were all factors that contributed to Haley’s troublesome last years of life. Mr. Henig references the events through newspaper accounts, interviews with those who knew Haley, and Haley’s papers.
The subtitle is An Author’s Odyssey. Nearly thirty pages recount Henig’s personal journey of research and motivation. As a self-published author, Henig offers his advice and experience with self-publishing, which appears to be limited to Amazon’s CreateSpace.
Though brief in length, Alex Haley’s Roots recalls the publication that sparked the interest of millions in genealogy, particularly notable because it did so through the eyes of an African American.
Alex Haley’s Roots: An Author’s Odyssey is available from Amazon at http://goo.gl/iRno5K.