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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Louis Gates Narrator: Dominic Hoffma Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Most African Americans, in tracing their family's past, encounter a series of daunting obstacles. Slavery was a brutally efficient nullifier of identity, willfully denying black men and women even their names. Here, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., backed by an elite team of geneticists and researchers, takes 19 extraordinary African Americans on a once unimaginable journey, tracing family sagas through U.S. history and back to Africa.

Those whose recovered pasts collectively form an African American people's history of the United States include celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker, Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, and Quincy Jones; writers such as Maya Angelou and Bliss Broyard; leading thinkers such as Harvard divinity professor Peter Gomes, the Reverend T. D. Jakes, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; and famous achievers such as Mae Jemison, Tom Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Linda Johnson Rice.

More than a work of history, In Search of Our Roots is a book of revelatory importance that, for the first time, brings to light the lives of ordinary men and women who, by courageous example, blazed a path for their famous descendants. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alexander Kwok | 5/30/2012

    " Seemed to follow the same path as roots, except examined not only the lives of famous celebrities in brief, but also went farther than normal ancestral records to using DNA testing. Includes commentary from celebrities to mirror a such conversation concerning the results and their feelings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tracy Thomas | 5/9/2012

    " Very interesting how all these African American people regained the strength to change their fate and ended up on top! Awesome story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Karen | 5/12/2011

    " Great genealogy read. Interesting that all of African Americans in the book want to know where their black ancestors came from in Africa, but not necessarily their white ancestor. Also gave DNA rsults as to % of each ethnicity "

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About the Author

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and the holder of the distinguished Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professorship at Harvard. The author of several award-winning works of literary criticism, he also wrote the memoir Colored People; The Future of the Race, coauthored with Cornel West; and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man.