Alex Haley was on his way to becoming the most successful author in the history of publishing. That's when his troubles began. Within a decade and a half following the publication of Roots, Haley managed to alienate most of his fellow writers and at the same time squander most of his wealth. When he died at the age of 70, his estate was auctioned off and his iconic book went out of print. What happened?
"The downside of fame"
Jackie Robinson may have smashed Major League Baseball's color ceiling in 1947, but segregation in the sport had not been entirely eliminated. The preseason ritual of spring training in Florida remained racially restrictive. Black players could not room, eat, or socialize with their white teammates. The only time teams were fully together? On the diamond. Then, two weeks before players reported to spring training, Dr. Ralph Wimbish announced that it was time for a change.