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Unfamiliar Fishes - Sarah Vowell
Unfamiliar Fishes
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From Puritans to heathens-Sarah Vowell takes on Hawaii in this New York Times bestseller. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing. From the arrival of the New England... show more
From Puritans to heathens-Sarah Vowell takes on Hawaii in this New York Times bestseller. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Sarah Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing. From the arrival of the New England missionaries in 1820, who came to Christianize the local heathens, to the coup d'├ętat led by the missionaries' sons in 1893, overthrowing the Hawaiian queen, the events leading up to American annexation feature a cast of beguiling, if often appalling or tragic, characters. Whalers who fire cannons at the Bible-thumpers denying them their god-given right to whores; an incestuous princess pulled between her new god and her brother-husband; sugar barons, con men, Theodore Roosevelt, and the last Hawaiian queen, a songwriter whose sentimental ode "Aloha 'Oe" serenaded the first Hawaiian-born president of the United States during his 2009 inaugural parade.With her trademark wry insights and reporting, Vowell sets out to discover the odd, emblematic, and exceptional history of the fiftieth state. In examining the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn, she finds America again, warts and all.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781594485640 (159448564X)
ASIN: 159448564X
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Osho
Osho rated it
Much better than The Wordy Shipmates. An often enjoyable, sometimes slightly tedious history of the US takeover of Hawaii. Especially poignant for the quotations from letters and documents written by Hawaiian royalty as they watched the inevitable unfold. Read with any of the James Cook books I've r...
Rincey Reads
Rincey Reads rated it
3.0 Unfamiliar Fishes
Not my favorite Sarah Vowell book, but probably just because I am not that interested in Hawaiian history. The snark and dry humor still make it a pretty interesting read.
Peace, Love & Books
Peace, Love & Books rated it
4.0 Unfamiliar Fishes
The history of Hawaii up to and including annexation by the United States with assorted asides and digressions along the way. Entertaining, informative idiosyncratic.
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