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Adam Henig has put together a compelling behind the scenes on Alex Haley in the aftermath.
I never knew there was so much controversy. Fights with the publisher. Multiple lawsuits claiming Haley plagiarized large chunks of Roots. Wives, mistresses, girlfriends.
For all of that, Haley wrote a groundbreaking book that was turned into a groundbreaking miniseries.
What I would have liked was Haley's side of the story. But he was long dead when this short history came out. But the absence of his voice, even quoted from other sources, leaves a hole for me.
Still this is an interesting nugget on the price of fame.
I should add that the author tacks on an essay about his own personal writing journey at the end. He talks about his decision to self publish and exposes some of the footwork he had to do to track down Haley's story. This part was almost more engaging because he could come from behind the mask of historian.
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