Some people might question my championing this book because despite its having won a Pulitzer Prize, the author was successfully sued for plagiarism following publication, and there are documented problems with the accuracy of the genealogical research. However, there is no doubt the book is also a groundbreaking, multi-generational historic epic. The author, an African-American, traces his family roots back, beginning with Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African captured as a teenager and sold into slavery in America, and follows the line through successive generations. Whatever else may be said, the book caused a cultural sensation and stimulated great interest in genealogy in all Americans. It also fostered a greater appreciation for African-American history. For that, and because, hey, it was just a great read, it merits a place on my own particular list of favorites.