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This book narrates the story of Kunta Kinte, an African teenager who got captured in his village and then sold as a slave to America. This man would live in America the rest of his life, where he would start a family, whose most members were slaves. The book keeps telling the story of Kinte's descendants, until he reaches Alex Haley, the author of this book. 

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What the community says about Roots

  • Adam Carr
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "There isn't another book you can read if this is what you're going for. The only reasonable book in response to this topic. No other book really puts the perspective and insights into this time period as this one, no book tells the story like roots."
  • Vivaan Trivedi
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "Roots is the pinnacle of slavery fiction (or nonfiction, for that matter). The mini-series is the most well known version, but the book is a powerful work that shows the life of slaves in America. This is a book everyone should pick up."
  • Víctor Juárez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "A native African boy is captured by his own people and sold into slavery, boarded onto a boat to America and is forced to work the field for the duration of his life. This tale of hardship is told through this young child's perspective, all the way through his descendants, up until the present day relatives of him. The story is powerful and the social advancements are interesting to behold as the pages go further and further."
  • Christopher Foster
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This is an American classic, pure and simple. Even if you've seen the multi-part TV series -- and who hasn't? -- you still should read the book. It's gripping and it's sad. How could Americans enslave other humans? What kind of evil is behind that?"
  • Rachel Bowman
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I recently found out my uncle is part African American and decided to read "Roots" which is a book he enjoys. It tells an entire story of a boy getting captured in Africa, brought to America as a slave, and all the stories of his descendants down to the author of the book. I felt like I really learned a lot about my African American heritage and also found the book very interesting. I think it is a book everyone, regardless of race, should read at some point in their life."
    Randy Thomas
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Roots is a book that will stay with long after you finish it. It's deeply movng and powerful, recounting the difficult life of Kunta Kinte. This should be required reading of everyone so they can learn about our troubled history. It's emotional but worth the investment."
  • Amber Rose
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This book looks to be exceptionally written. I talks about the saga of being an african american family, in a very much minority world we live in. The struggles that they faced aging back to a certain era is summed up in this wonderful book. I believe that everyone should read this and it is on my list of books to dive into. The reviews are great and the prices for them are so reasonable. I like that it has a kindle version that way I can take it on the go if I am stuck somewhere and need something to read."
  • Concepción Núñez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Roots is a story of family, of hope, of dreams, of trials and tribulations, a story of one man and his family. I have seen the movie twice, so I decided to finally read the book. It is SO much better! The development of characters is second to none, and I loved the storytelling quality of Mr. Haley."
  • Amanda Davis
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "Me and my family really enjoy this book! It's a really fascinating look into African American history. "
  • Lisa Rodriguez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a classic book I think everyone should read at least once. It's eye opening to the realities of the life of a slave. Wonderful story telling."
  • Jessica Sandoval
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a masterpiece of a novel. It tells of the history is slavery to freedom in America for African American slaves."

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