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Alex Haley (1921–1992)

Autor(a) de The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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About the Author

Alex Haley's full name was Alexander Palmer Haley. He was born in Ithaca, N.Y. in 1921, and grew up in Henning, Tenn. Educated at Elizabeth City Teacher's College in North Carolina, Haley became a journalist while serving in the United States Coast Guard from 1939 to 1959. After retiring from the mostrar mais service, Haley moved to Los Angeles, finding fulltime employment as a freelance writer. First known for his work as co-author and editor of the highly regarded Autobiography of Malcolm X, Haley's biggest success stemmed from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, 'Roots: The Saga of an American Family.' Extensively researched and based in part on Haley's own African roots, the work became a national bestseller and, in addition to the Pulitzer, won the Springarn Medal in 1977. Roots was also adapted into one of the first television miniseries and garnered some of the highest ratings in television history. His next book, "Queen", told the story of Queen Haley, Alex Haley's paternal grandmother. He died before this work was completed and it was finished by David Stevens. This was also adapted for television. Another work, "Mama Flora's Family" compiled from Haley's unpublished writings, continues the family saga and was published in 1998. Alex Haley died in 1992 in Seattle, Washington. He was 71 years old. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Alex Haley

The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) 9,860 exemplares
Roots (1976) 6,804 exemplares
A Different Kind of Christmas (1988) 284 exemplares
Malcolm X [1992 film] (1992) — Book — 169 exemplares
Mama Flora's Family (1998) 154 exemplares
Roots [1977 TV miniseries] (1977) — Film Adaptation — 99 exemplares
Roots, Part 1 (1978) 18 exemplares
Roots, Part 2 (1978) 15 exemplares
Alex Haley's Queen [1993 TV mini series] (2008) — Autor — 15 exemplares

Associated Works

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture [complete] (1989) — Prefácio — 234 exemplares
Marva Collins' Way (1982) — Prefácio — 173 exemplares
The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement (2001) — Contribuidor — 93 exemplares
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America (1995) — Contribuidor — 91 exemplares
A Place Called Heartbreak: A Story of Vietnam (Stories of America) (1992)algumas edições45 exemplares
Roots: The Next Generations [1979 TV mini series] (1992) — Original book — 23 exemplares
Ethnic Genealogy: A Research Guide (1983) — Prefácio, algumas edições15 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Haley, Alex
Nome legal
Haley, Alexander Murphy Palmer
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Henning, Tennessee
Local de nascimento
Ithaca, New York, Amerika
Local de falecimento
Seattle, Washington, Amerika
Causa da morte
heart attack
Locais de residência
Ithaca, New York, Amerika
Henning, Tennessee, Amerika
Seattle, Washington, Amerika
Alcorn State University
Senior editor
Chief Journalist in the Coast Guard
US Coast Guard (career included WWII and Korean Conflict)
Reader's Digest
Prémios e menções honrosas
NAACP Spingarn Medal (1977)
Special Pulitzer Prize (1977)
Golden Plate Award (1977)

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Alexander Murray Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers. In the United States, the book and miniseries raised the public awareness of black American history and inspired a broad interest in genealogy and family history.



This story of seven generations taken from birth of Kunte Kinte in Gambie in 1750. Kidnapped, beaten, taken into slavery to America. Next generation, man refused to take a name. He taught his daughter Kizzy - his history and some words from the Homeland and Kizzy passed them on to her son George. Slavery was brutal.
ImmanuelPPLibrary | 89 outras críticas | Jun 12, 2024 |
#752 in our old book database. Not rated.
villemezbrown | 123 outras críticas | Apr 28, 2024 |
[audiobook read by Laurence Fishburne]

I feel it’s inappropriate to “review” such a influential book so here are just a few scattered thoughts

Not sure how much of this was his doing, but props on Alex Haley for helping to shape Mr. X’s life into the narrative in this book. This is something of an ideological thriller, as we are right there with the man himself as he twists and turns through the various stages of his life and thinking. X and Haley never take the easy way out of revealing the final iteration of X’s beliefs, even if that forces the reader (at least the white reader) to sit with the harsh truths about the brutality of the white man in the middle of the book.

Of course the main tragedy of Mr. X’s life was his untimely murder, a murder which he eerily predicts several times throughout the book; but the secondary tragedy is that we are dealing with a man of incredible intellect, psychological toughness, and voracious curiosity that was severely limited by the racist society he ended up being a major instigator against. Malcolm X had a great impact on this world that’s for sure, but I often wondered what would his legacy be if he had had a access to the educational and societal opportunities not afforded to black people at the time. He himself wonders about this at the end of the book.

Of course not everything in this book aged well, but I think it still has a lot to say about the efficacy of agitation vs incrementalism. If X was anything he was realist, someone who decried what he saw as hypocrisy or a fear of telling things as they were, characteristics which are still highly relevant in the political climate of 2021.
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hdeanfreemanjr | 123 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |
I have to amend my previous 5 star rating to account for the recent case of fraud discovered in an interview conducted by Haley of MLK on the subject of Malcolm X. His liberties taken to misrepresent King’s opinions lead me to believe he may have taken similar liberties with Malcolm X’s autobiography.

It is still a literary masterpiece of a fascinating man, but it is hard to read it credibly as it was published after Malcolm X’s death, and he would not be able to correct any misrepresentations.… (mais)
Ghost1y | 123 outras críticas | Jan 28, 2024 |


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