Roots is a groundbreaking story of history and family that spanned continents and touched generations. 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, and we continue to feel its reverberations today.
Roots: The Enhanced Edition features rare interviews with author Alex Haley from the NBC News Archives that took place as the Roots phenomenon unfolded over 30 years ago. There’re also recordings, footage and photos from the Haley family, all of which provide a unique understanding of Alex Haley’s journey researching and writing the book. In new video interviews Tom Brokaw and David Wilson reflect on the story’s lasting impact.
Roots: The Enhanced Edition is truly definitive--adding unmatched, sweep, context and insight to this ever-relevant classic.
The Enhanced Edition features:
Full text of the classic book, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
New video interview with Tom Brokaw reflecting on the impact of Roots
Footage of author Alex Haley provided by the NBC News Archives and the Haley family including Today Show interviews with Tom Brokaw, Roots-related events in the 1970s, an extended interview about the book, and more (45 minutes of video)
Recordings of Alex Haley discussing researching and writing the book (30 minutes of audio)
10 rare photos from the Haley family
“On the Writing of Roots”, an essay by Alex Haley about finding inspiration through his characters
11 thought-provoking reading group questions
“Haley’s Comet,” an introduction by Michael Eric Dyson