Alex Haley's Roots: An Author's Odyssey

· Adam Henig
30 reviews

About this ebook

 In 1977, following the airing of the mega hit television mini-series Roots, 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, the ghostwriter behind The Autobiography of Malcolm X, was on his way to becoming the most successful African American author in the history of publishing until it all fell apart. 

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. 


"Henig recounts the highs and lows of Haley’s life with sympathy, addressing the critiques honestly." Publishers Weekly's Booklife 

"While this 52 page book may be his first, it represents a major literary achievement. This book may renew scholar and the general public’s interest in Roots once again." - Nvasekie Konneh, Black Star News and author of The Land of My Father’s Birth 

"Adam Henig has created a gem... A must read for anyone interested in the interplay of politics, race and mixed blessings of fame and fortune that produced the contradictory legacy of a onetime icon." - Terry P. Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley 

Ratings and reviews

30 reviews
deborah elliott
September 23, 2019
Well-written and informative, an interesting overview of Alex Haley and his work. Very readable.
Ajju FAN sonia K
August 29, 2017
19 people found this review helpful
Vilas Dhanure
April 27, 2019
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7 people found this review helpful

About the author

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Adam Henig attended California State University, Chico, majoring in political science with an emphasis in cultural and international studies. After graduation, he pursued his interest in African American history and literature.

Alex Haley's Roots: An Author's Odyssey is his first publication.

A book reviewer and blogger, Adam's writings have appeared in the San Francisco Book ReviewTulsa Book ReviewThe Indie Writer Network Daily, Medium, The Biographer's Craft and Blogcritics. He's also been featured on the podcast,  New Books Network: African American Studies. Adam is an active member of the Biographers International Group (BIO).

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