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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press; 1st Edition edition (6 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081473264X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814732649
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
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"In Faces of America, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has found a middle path: He applies the most rigorous genealogical and genetic tools to the family histories of 12 ethnically distinct Americans, and in doing so touches on the history of not only these individuals but on the human race itself...Gates's breezy, intimate style and obvious affection for his subjects results in a book that is the bionic version of that old fourth-grade family tree assignment, thanks to the support of a world-class Rolodex and Harvard researchers and geneticists. It's fun."
)-("The Boston Globe), ()

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"There are surprises--[Gates] finds a common ancestor between Queen Noor of Jordan and African-American academic Elizabeth Alexander; both are 37th great-granddaughters of Charlemagne--and in getting such subjects as Mike Nichols to open up about their pasts, he finds how powerfully the past informs the present. Gates offers a book stuffed with epiphanies that will spark curiosity among readers about their own ancestry as well as their possible connections to each other."
)-("Publishers Weekly"), ()

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"Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us on a spellbinding journey into the lives of some of America's favorite celebrities by excavating historical archives and using the latest advances in genealogy and genetics. A rich tapestry of the nation's people, Gates's Faces of America uncovers the common thread that holds us together while highlighting the differences that make us unique from each other and from one generation to the next."
)-(Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham), (Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University)

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"Faces of America adds compelling evidence that the American story of race is a far more complicated affair than the conventional wisdom of the past would have us believe. Science, history, and genealogy come together in this accessible, intelligent, and elegant presentation. This is a must read for all who are interested in reconstructing the story of the American people."
)-(Annette Gordon-Reed), (2009 Pulitzer Prize winner and 2008 National Book Award winner for "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family")

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"The complex immigrant story of the United States viewed through extensive genetic and genealogical research into the backgrounds of 12 ethnically diverse, famous Americans.... [I]t is the broader sweep of history and the causes and ramifications of human migrations that engage the reader and give the book its impact."
)-("Kirkus Review"), ()

"In Faces of America, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has found a middle path: He applies the most rigorous genealogical and genetic tools to the family histories of 12 ethnically distinct Americans, and in doing so touches on the history of not only these individuals but on the human race itself...Gates's breezy, intimate style and obvious affection for his subjects results in a book that is the bionic version of that old fourth-grade family tree assignment, thanks to the support of a world-class Rolodex and Harvard researchers and geneticists. It's fun."
-"The Boston Globe,

"Faces of America adds compelling evidence that the American story of race is a far more complicated affair than the conventional wisdom of the past would have us believe. Science, history, and genealogy come together in this accessible, intelligent, and elegant presentation. This is a must read for all who are interested in reconstructing the story of the American people."
-Annette Gordon-Reed,2009 Pulitzer Prize winner and 2008 National Book Award winner for "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family"

"The complex immigrant story of the United States viewed through extensive genetic and genealogical research into the backgrounds of 12 ethnically diverse, famous Americans.... [I]t is the broader sweep of history and the causes and ramifications of human migrations that engage the reader and give the book its impact."
-"Kirkus Review",

"There are surprises--[Gates] finds a common ancestor between Queen Noor of Jordan and African-American academic Elizabeth Alexander; both are 37th great-granddaughters of Charlemagne--and in getting such subjects as Mike Nichols to open up about their pasts, he finds how powerfully the past informs the present. Gates offers a book stuffed with epiphanies that will spark curiosity among readers about their own ancestry as well as their possible connections to each other."
-"Publishers Weekly",

"Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us on a spellbinding journey into the lives of some of America's favorite celebrities by excavating historical archives and using the latest advances in genealogy and genetics. A rich tapestry of the nation's people, Gates's Faces of America uncovers the common thread that holds us together while highlighting the differences that make us unique from each other and from one generation to the next."
-Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

"Anyone who doubts the beauty or role of the lowly tugboat will be pleasantly surprised by this handsome new book...Drawing on a range of historical sources, the author argues convincingly that the towing industry played a crucial role in building New York's commercial stature."
-"Armchair Sailor",

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-"Steamboat Bill: Journal of the Steamship Society of America",

"The seductive promise of the fog-drenched images on the dust jacket of "Tugboats of New York" is more than fulfilled in the comprehensive contents."
-"Sea History",

""Tugboats of New York" is one of those rare constructions where everything works just about perfectly."
-"Marine News",

"Matteson, who has worked on tugs for 20 years, defines the blue-collar boats' place in the history of America's industrial development and provides anecdotes about life in the harbor."
-"Associated Press",

"There are surprises--[Gates] finds a common ancestor between Queen Noor of Jordan and African-American academic Elizabeth Alexander; both are 37th great-granddaughters of Charlemagne--and in getting such subjects as Mike Nichols to open up about their pasts, he finds how powerfully the past informs the present. Gates offers a book stuffed with epiphanies that will spark curiosity among readers about their own ancestry as well as their possible connections to each other."
-"Publishers Weekly"

"In Faces of America, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has found a middle path: He applies the most rigorous genealogical and genetic tools to the family histories of 12 ethnically distinct Americans, and in doing so touches on the history of not only these individuals but on the human race itself...Gates s breezy, intimate style and obvious affection for his subjects results in a book that is the bionic version of that old fourth-grade family tree assignment, thanks to the support of a world-class Rolodex and Harvard researchers and geneticists. It s fun."
-"The Boston Globe"

"The complex immigrant story of the United States viewed through extensive genetic and genealogical research into the backgrounds of 12 ethnically diverse, famous Americans.... [I]t is the broader sweep of history and the causes and ramifications of human migrations that engage the reader and give the book its impact."
-"Kirkus Review"

There are surprises [Gates] finds a common ancestor between Queen Noor of Jordan and African-American academic Elizabeth Alexander; both are 37th great-granddaughters of Charlemagne and in getting such subjects as Mike Nichols to open up about their pasts, he finds how powerfully the past informs the present. Gates offers a book stuffed with epiphanies that will spark curiosity among readers about their own ancestry as well as their possible connections to each other.
-"Publishers Weekly""

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us on a spellbinding journey into the lives of some of America s favorite celebrities by excavating historical archives and using the latest advances in genealogy and genetics. A rich tapestry of the nation s people, Gates s Faces of America uncovers the common thread that holds us together while highlighting the differences that make us unique from each other and from one generation to the next.
-Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University"

In Faces of America, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has found a middle path: He applies the most rigorous genealogical and genetic tools to the family histories of 12 ethnically distinct Americans, and in doing so touches on the history of not only these individuals but on the human race itself...Gates s breezy, intimate style and obvious affection for his subjects results in a book that is the bionic version of that old fourth-grade family tree assignment, thanks to the support of a world-class Rolodex and Harvard researchers and geneticists. It s fun.
-"The Boston Globe"

The complex immigrant story of the United States viewed through extensive genetic and genealogical research into the backgrounds of 12 ethnically diverse, famous Americans.... [I]t is the broader sweep of history and the causes and ramifications of human migrations that engage the reader and give the book its impact.
-"Kirkus Review""

Faces of America adds compelling evidence that the American story of race is a far more complicated affair than the conventional wisdom of the past would have us believe. Science, history, and genealogy come together in this accessible, intelligent, and elegant presentation. This is a must read for all who are interested in reconstructing the story of the American people.
-Annette Gordon-Reed,2009 Pulitzer Prize winner and 2008 National Book Award winner for "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family""

There are surprises [Gates] finds a common ancestor between Queen Noor of Jordan and African-American academic Elizabeth Alexander; both are 37th great-granddaughters of Charlemagne and in getting such subjects as Mike Nichols to open up about their pasts, he finds how powerfully the past informs the present. Gates offers a book stuffed with epiphanies that will spark curiosity among readers about their own ancestry as well as their possible connections to each other.
-Publishers Weekly

"

Faces of America adds compelling evidence that the American story of race is a far more complicated affair than the conventional wisdom of the past would have us believe. Science, history, and genealogy come together in this accessible, intelligent, and elegant presentation. This is a must read for all who are interested in reconstructing the story of the American people.
-Annette Gordon-Reed,2009 Pulitzer Prize winner and 2008 National Book Award winner for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

"

In Faces of America, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has found a middle path: He applies the most rigorous genealogical and genetic tools to the family histories of 12 ethnically distinct Americans, and in doing so touches on the history of not only these individuals but on the human race itself...Gates s breezy, intimate style and obvious affection for his subjects results in a book that is the bionic version of that old fourth-grade family tree assignment, thanks to the support of a world-class Rolodex and Harvard researchers and geneticists. It s fun.
-The Boston Globe"

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us on a spellbinding journey into the lives of some of America s favorite celebrities by excavating historical archives and using the latest advances in genealogy and genetics. A rich tapestry of the nation s people, Gates s Faces of America uncovers the common thread that holds us together while highlighting the differences that make us unique from each other and from one generation to the next.
-Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

"

The complex immigrant story of the United States viewed through extensive genetic and genealogical research into the backgrounds of 12 ethnically diverse, famous Americans.... [I]t is the broader sweep of history and the causes and ramifications of human migrations that engage the reader and give the book its impact.
-Kirkus Review

"

-There are surprises--[Gates] finds a common ancestor between Queen Noor of Jordan and African-American academic Elizabeth Alexander; both are 37th great-granddaughters of Charlemagne--and in getting such subjects as Mike Nichols to open up about their pasts, he finds how powerfully the past informs the present. Gates offers a book stuffed with epiphanies that will spark curiosity among readers about their own ancestry as well as their possible connections to each other.-
-Publishers Weekly



-Faces of America adds compelling evidence that the American story of race is a far more complicated affair than the conventional wisdom of the past would have us believe. Science, history, and genealogy come together in this accessible, intelligent, and elegant presentation. This is a must read for all who are interested in reconstructing the story of the American people.-
-Annette Gordon-Reed,2009 Pulitzer Prize winner and 2008 National Book Award winner for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family



-In Faces of America, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has found a middle path: He applies the most rigorous genealogical and genetic tools to the family histories of 12 ethnically distinct Americans, and in doing so touches on the history of not only these individuals but on the human race itself...Gates's breezy, intimate style and obvious affection for his subjects results in a book that is the bionic version of that old fourth-grade family tree assignment, thanks to the support of a world-class Rolodex and Harvard researchers and geneticists. It's fun.-
-The Boston Globe

-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us on a spellbinding journey into the lives of some of America's favorite celebrities by excavating historical archives and using the latest advances in genealogy and genetics. A rich tapestry of the nation's people, Gates's Faces of America uncovers the common thread that holds us together while highlighting the differences that make us unique from each other and from one generation to the next.-
-Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University



-The complex immigrant story of the United States viewed through extensive genetic and genealogical research into the backgrounds of 12 ethnically diverse, famous Americans.... [I]t is the broader sweep of history and the causes and ramifications of human migrations that engage the reader and give the book its impact.-
-Kirkus Review

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 holder of the distinguished title of Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University. He is the author of twelve books, including several award-winning works of literary criticism as well as the memoir Colored People; The Future of the Race, co-authored with Cornel West; Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man; and Tradition and the Black Atlantic. Gates has hosted ten PBS television specials, including Looking for Lincoln and the two part series, African American Lives, upon which his book In Search of Our Roots (2009) was based. He is winner of the 2009 Ralph Lowell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Television and the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Non-Fiction.


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