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Alex Haley

1921 - 1992

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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.Haley's first book was The Autobiography of Malcolm X, published in 1965, a collaboration through numerous lengthy interviews with Malcolm X.He was working on a second family history novel at his death. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alex Haley has received more than 2,615,571 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Alex Haley is the 1,877th most popular writer (down from 1,838th in 2019), the 2,417th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,311th in 2019) and the 223rd most popular American Writer.

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  • 40

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  • 3.32

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  • 4.65

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Among writers, Alex Haley ranks 1,877 out of 5,755Before him are Bob Woodward, Hermann Bahr, Prince Dimitri Romanov, Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala, Pjetër Bogdani, and Trygve Gulbranssen. After him are Luis de León, Lydia Koidula, Vasile Alecsandri, Louis-Sébastien Mercier, Oliver Goldsmith, and Jacint Verdaguer.

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Among people born in 1921, Alex Haley ranks 118Before him are Wolfgang Borchert, Arthur Grumiaux, Hannah Szenes, Esther Williams, Virgilio Barco Vargas, and Shin Kyuk-ho. After him are Ralph Asher Alpher, Pierre Clostermann, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Manitas de Plata, Eugenio Coșeriu, and César Baldaccini. Among people deceased in 1992, Alex Haley ranks 75Before him are Constantin Virgil Gheorghiu, Banine, Deng Yingchao, Jânio Quadros, Koča Popović, and Yang Kyoungjong. After him are Muhammad Asad, Arpad Elo, Wang Hongwen, Camarón de la Isla, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, and Giorgio Perlasca.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Alex Haley ranks 2,417 out of 18,182Before him are Frankie Valli (1934), Barbara Hutton (1912), Mark Dacascos (1964), Lisa Marie Presley (1968), Pinetop Perkins (1913), and Irvin Kershner (1923). After him are Berenice Abbott (1898), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), John Glover (1944), Herbert Blumer (1900), Gene Deitch (1924), and Daniel Inouye (1924).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Alex Haley ranks 223Before him are Donald E. Westlake (1933), Cornell Woolrich (1903), Maria Shriver (1955), Herman J. Mankiewicz (1897), Frederik Pohl (1919), and Bob Woodward (1943). After him are Clarissa Pinkola Estés (1945), Kathy Reichs (1948), Nora Ephron (1941), Ross Macdonald (1915), Shirley Jackson (1916), and Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815).