Unfamiliar Fishes

Besides the sand, surf and sun, what do you really know about Hawaii? Sarah Vowell, writer and insightful groupie of American history, uses her characteristic wit and knowledge, as well as the affection she seems to hold for her country’s history (the good and the bad), to convince readers that the US colonization of Hawaii solidified the country’s imperialist position in the world. It is part history of the indigenous people of Hawaii, part that of the missionaries sent from New England to convert and colonize, as well as partly about its eventual take over by the United States. By interweaving her family’s history into the text, along with references to pop culture and Barak Obama, you don’t have to be a US history expert to enjoy it – which I certainly did. (submitted by VP)

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One response to “Unfamiliar Fishes

  1. That sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing. I know very little about the history of Hawaii except for footnotes that I appear in my nautical exploration books.

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