I'm kicking off my review page with a book I read last year about the history of Hawaii by Sarah Vowell. Nothing I love more than truths told in quirky!
Title and Author: Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
No. of Pages: 256 in hardback format, available now in paperback
Reviewed by: Kathy Reel
Vowell makes reading and learning history the most irreverent fun you can
experience in confronting the reality of what actually occurred versus what
textbooks sugarcoat or ignore. The United States' acquisition of the Hawaii
islands is eerily similar to the acquisition of America in its infancy when the
Native Americans had to be "civilized" and "Christianized."
Acquisition is, of course, a well-used euphemism for stealing. Having just
visited the island of Oahu and having some inkling of the United States' machinations
and the greedy cabal of missionary descendents responsible for Hawaii's
annexation in 1898, I was eager to read a book that told the story with the
blinders removed. I couldn't have picked a better source than Vowell's
Unfamiliar Fishes. Her wit and uncensored revelations kept me intrigued
throughout the telling of this blighting of the Hawaiian monarchy and attempted
blighting of Hawaiian culture. Amazing story, amazing book.