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1.0 out of 5 stars
'Faction' at its worst, 6 April 2012
This is some of the most dangerous literature I have come across. Not only has Haley had to settle a 2 million dollar plagiarism court case, due to his lack of original writing style, but the stuff he did write himself, in an historical sense, he made up! Africans enslaved Africans and sold them to European merchants and did so at great profit. This book only solidifies the Afrocentric propaganda that claims Europeans were the sole instigators of African slavery- this is simply not true! I'm not excusing the terrible events that took place at the hands of Europeans, but this bad-white-man victimised-black-man paradigm has gone on long enough. The rich exploit the poor no matter their colour or creed. Do not read this book for anything other than recreational purposes. This is not history. It is one man's attempt to play on the wants and needs of an African diaspora looking for an identity beyond their present one. It cannot be found in Roots. P.S the miniseries is even more inaccurate than the book. It's like watching the jungle book instead of David Attenborough for your fill of natural history.